Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Winter 2013 Book Review

Lots of reading this quarter!  Which equals not a lot of knitting.  It also helps that the Outback has blue-tooth, so get in ~30min of audiobook a day.

My reviews/recommendations - this is also posted on Goodreads.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, 2 stars
I like Geraldine's other books, but this wasn't a very good book. I listened to it read by Geraldine and the tone and cadence of her voice were so slow, it was tiring to listen to. The book is focused on a newly widowed women who has also lost her sons and most of her village to the plague. It follows her life in the village as the plague strikes until one day an event happens that causes her to leave. She then starts a new life and the book ends. It sort of leaves you wanting more, but story was so slow and boring that I wouldn't really want to read anymore. I would skip this book and read March or People of the Book.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, 3 stars
Nicely written story with well developed characters. Towards the end, the book gets a little crazy/weird that turned me off, but the author was able to recover and ended the book on a nice note. Very enjoyable!

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson, 2 stars
Weird, crazy story. Skip this book and read Between, Georgia.  Much better book!

Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James, 3 stars
Mainly a book about Mr. Darcy and the estate. It was ok.

11/22/63 by Stephen King, 4 stars
If you are fascinated with the assassination of JFK, this is great historical fiction book. I enjoyed this story full of fiction and history. Great read.

The English American by Alison Larkin, 4 stars
Pippa Dunn is a hoot! I have read a handful of British novels and most are dark and depressing. This book is upbeat and light-hearted. It is a great book if you are looking for something different and want a fun story.  

Atonement by Ian McEwan, 3 stars
A nice classic. I really enjoyed the end of the book with the perspective of an older character. I haven't seen the movie, I might now.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, 3 stars
I listened to this book narrated by Caroline Lee. I just love her voice! This book followed a similar pattern as other Morton books - hidden family secrets discovered generations later. The story was very good, well developed, and had beautiful language but the secret was not surprising. If you are going to read a Morton book, I would recommend The Forgotten Garden. Loved that book!
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, 4 stars
This was not a typical Jodi Picoult novel about a mother and her struggles with motherhood during a very difficult situation. This book does focus on family, past transgressions, and a whole section dedicated to one storytellers account of her time during the Holocaust. This was a wonderful book and I had a hard time putting it down. I definitely recommend reading this book.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, 4 stars
This was a pretty sad book, so if you are not in a happy place, then skip this book for a few months. 
It was a great book and I really enjoyed the story from the dog's perspective. Things did get a little screw in the middle that I found annoying, but the author wrapped up the story nicely.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, 3 stars
My Pulitzer Prize book for the quarter.  It was a book of short stories related to the Bridge of San Luis Rey.  It was an easy read, but didn’t have a lot of meat.  Unless you are crazy like me and reading all the fiction Pulitzer Prize winners, you can skip this book.

What books have you read recently?  Any make it onto your top book list?

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