I read, Night Film because I’d read that it was good and I was looking for something good to read. I had never read Marisha Pessl before and I don’t know if this is a typical book for her.
I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It was different from most things I’ve read and I liked reading it even though it was quite absurd and quite dark at times. It was interesting nonetheless and if this genre is your cup of tea, it’s recommended.
I read about The Golem and the Jinni again and again in several different “best of” lists for last year. I was reluctant to read it despite all the lists saying it was really wonderful. The plot didn’t seem interesting enough. Actually it seemed downright weird. I’d never heard of the author. I had no reason to pick it up just because the “lists” said it was good.
But then I finally decided to listen to it on audio.
And am I glad I did!!
It was absolutely fantastic. Completely unlike any book I’ve read. I fell into its world and got wholeheartedly lost in it. I could not stop listening to the magical story that was beautifully read. And when it was done I felt really sad.
It’s not often a book surprises me. I’ve had a few over the years like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Night Circus where I picked it up and was immediately lost in the story, the magic, the joyful uniqueness of it all. This one was one of those. I am so so glad I read it.
If you’re up for something different, I recommend it.
I read, Lowland for another book club. And yes, I listened to this one, too. What can I say, I am on a roll.
I didn’t like the reader for this at first, but maybe cause I loved the one for Elizabeth Gilbert’s so much that I had a hard time switching gears. Nonetheless, I got into it pretty quickly and thanks to a day filled with art, I finished this one in a weekend.
However. I am not sure I liked it.
I normally love Jhumpa Lahiri. I was actually the person who recommended this to book club but even though I like so many of her books, I was “meh” about this one.
If you’ve never read her, I’d say start with one of the other ones first.
I picked up The Signature of All Things because of an online book club. I’ve read Eat Pray Love and as opposed to some, I loved it. And I’ve loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk. So I knew I wanted to give this book a try, especially since the reviews were good.
I, once again, decided to listen and not read. I’ve been in the car a lot lately, or doing art, and listening to a book makes me happy. Especially this one as it had one of the best readers ever. It was a British woman and I loved, loved her reading of the book. I couldn’t stop listening to it.
And even though this was the kind of book I would never have picked up on my own, I absolutely loved it. I am smiling right now thinking about it.
If historical fiction is your cup of tea, this one is recommended (especially on audio.)
I saw Instructions for Happiness and Success: A Step-by-Step Mind Manual for Creating the Life You Choose a few years ago at a store and fell in love with it immediately. I just loved the design, the happy orange cover, etc. It certainly didn’t hurt that it was about happiness.
I wanted to buy it right then and there. But I didn’t. Not sure why, honestly.
I put it in my pinterest board of books I want to buy and then it sat there for like two years. When I finally bought it, I sat down to read it and read the whole thing in one sitting.
It was quite great.
If you like pretty design and some interesting food for thought on happiness, it’s recommended.
I picked up Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar thanks to Andrea Scher’s book. Considering how I felt about Cheryl Strayed after Wild, I am not sure why I picked it up.
But I am so glad I did.
I loved every bit of this book.
The advice is heartfelt, kind and honest. It’s meaningful and I felt so much of it was meaningful to me even if I wasn’t experiencing the same situation. It reminded me how we can be so messed up as humans but all we seek is love and we can always do the right thing, be kind, and recover from any situation.
Also reminded me that in my heart and soul, I know what’s right and wrong (for me) and I need to listen to myself more.
I finally picked up Goldfinch after seeing it on too many lists. I decided I wanted to listen to it on audio and not read it. I am not exactly sure what prompted me to do this, especially after the really long Luminaries.
But I did.
And it was long, really really long.
It took me almost two months to really listen to the book. But I kept at it. I listened to it everywhere. In the car, at home, while I was walking, in line at Starbucks, and on and on.
In the end, I think I really liked it. I felt connected to the story but I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters in particular and even though I am not sure I will jump to read another Donna Tartt soon, I still am glad I read this one.
I read Americanah for book club. Even though it was on many best-book-of-2013 lists, I would have never picked it up on my own. IT just wouldn’t have crossed my list.
So when I listened to it, I was really glad my book club picked it.
It’s a really interesting and enjoyable read.
I learned a lot and, more than anything, just really was glad to read something so outside my own list.
This is why I love book club.
I read Lexicon in one sitting. I had read that it would be a fast read but I had no idea how interesting, weird, and fun I would find it.
I’ve read other Max Berry books before and the pace and tone was similarly over the top but I really liked this one.
I would recommend you go read the blurb on amazon and if the subject interests you I’d recommend this one.
I’ve been meaning to read Wild for a long, long time. But what finally got me to read it was the movie, of course.
I won’t see it until I read it.
So read it, it was.
I knew a lot of people liked it and I did, too. But I didn’t love it. It was interesting and I enjoyed reading all about the hiking adventures. But overall I had a hard time relating to the author and many of her choices and that did cloud my view of the book.
I am very much looking forward to the movie, of course.
The Luminaries was the Man Booker Prize winner for 2013 and I knew I wanted to read it.
Except that it’s really long.
So I decided that I would listen to it instead. That’s hours and hours of listening. But I did it anyway.
And listening might not have been the best call because there are a lot of charts and visual cues is this book. And it’s a tough story to follow as is.
But it was still worth it. I liked the story, found it interesting to follow and even though I got thoroughly confused at the end, I am still glad I read it.
I read Desire Map many months ago and wrote about it a little here. Even though Danielle LaPorte can be hit or miss for me, I loved this book. Loved it.
I think it’s spot on and I recommend it.