A Book a Week – the unwinding

I read Unwinding for book club. It’s nonfiction and a book I would have never ever picked up on my own. Ever.

But it was interesting. Too long, but interesting in parts. I feel that, like most nonfiction, it could have been 50% less writing, and I would have found it more interesting, more readable, and more worth my time.

If you’re a fan of nonfiction and history, this is one for you.

A Book a Week – sweet tooth

I read Sweet Tooth after letting it sit for a long time. I am a big Ian McEwan fan and I wanted to read it as soon as it came out, but I just couldn’t get into it.

So I finally picked it up again and decided to listen to it.

It was a good choice because this time I finished the whole thing. And I really liked it. I loved the storytelling. He has a way with stories and characters. And he just doesn’t disappoint me.

Not his best but I still liked it a lot.

A Book a Week – we were liars

I read We Were Liars because amazon recommended it and praised it so much. And you know what?

You ready for it?

I HATED IT!

I might be the only one. I know everyone else loved it. But I hated it.

Up until the end, I was loving it. But then, there was a huge twist at the end that completely ruined the book for me. I was like WHAT!!!?! and just never got over it. I didn’t like the twist. It felt gimmicky and just wrong.

So there you are.

A Book a Week – Astonish Me

I read Astonish Me for book club, too. And here’s what I thought of it: Meh.

Meh.

The other Maggie Shipstead book I read was also Meh. I am apparently not a huge fan of hers. I like her books okay but they don’t impress me all that much. I’ve read so many better authors and books. In my opinion, of course. My friend Lauren loves her.

So your mileage might vary. And if you’re into ballet, this is one for you.

A Book a Week – capital

I read Capital for book club. It was a book I would have never picked up on my own. And while I enjoyed it okay, I didn’t love it.

It would have been okay if I’d never read it. But I don’t regret it like I do some books (I’m speaking about you, Gone Girl!) so, all in all, if the subject interests you, I say go for it.

Otherwise, there are many better books.

A Book a Week – first fifteen lives of harry august

I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because amazon recommended it and it looked interesting, unlike anything else I’ve read in a while.

I like to find really different books. I still remember how much I’ve enjoyed The Golem and the Jinni.

As it turned out this book wasn’t as good. But it was still really different and quite good. I like finding books that are really different because I feel they are really rare. So when I do, even if they are not as good, I appreciate the author trying something different.

Though this one was good.

A Book a Week – dept of speculation

I read Dept. of Speculation because my friend Lauren recommended it. This is a really small book. I read it while sitting in a cafe. That’s how short it is. It’s also written in an unusual style so if books that aren’t in a standard format bother you, this might be a tough one to get through.

But if not, this is a really good book. Profound. Interesting. Thought-provoking. About motherhood, marriage, life.

A big bang for the buck considering its little size.

A Book a Week – the art of fielding

I read The Art of Fielding after letting it sit for a long, long time. A friend of ours recommended it so strongly that I finally decided to read it.

I should have known I was going to love it because I love all books that take place on a college campus.

This is a great story, well written, interesting characters and felt real to me. I am really glad I read it. If it’s in your will-read pile for a long time, too, maybe you can finally pick it up too.

A Book a Week – the storied life of aj fikry

I can’t remember why read The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Maybe it was an Amazon book of the month? Not sure.

But I am so glad I did. It’s a lovely, cute little book about a bookstore owner and a girl who works at a publishing house. It’s a book for book lovers. It’s a simple, easy read that’s sweet and makes you happy.

Recommended.

A Book a Week – Perfect

I read Perfect because I loved Rachel Joyce’s other book so much. This was not as good. It was a considerably sadder story and I kept wincing as I read it.

Even with that, I am glad I did and I still think she’s a lovely author and i will read whatever she comes out with next but if you’ve never read her I recommend you start with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

A Book a Week – dreams of gods and monsters

Dreams of Gods and Monsters was the last of Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. One of my all time favorite young adult series. Something so different and the writing so imaginative.

This was the last book and it didn’t disappoint. To be honest, I felt like the high of the first book lasted all the way through for me. I found the whole plotline so unusual and the characters so interesting that I was willing to give the author a lot of the benefit of the doubt.

I loved this one.

A Book a Week – still life with bread crumbs

I read Still Life with Bread Crumbs because I like Anna Quindlen. I wanted to see if i liked her latest novel.

And i did.

It was a quick read. A small book about an older woman. Something you don’t read much in most novels (except those like Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Berg.) I really enjoyed the characters, the story, and Quindlen’s writing. Not a literary masterpiece but a lovely novel.