It’s become customary to share the list of books I’ve read around the middle of each month. And so, here are the books I’ve read since mid-September.
The story is captivating and I wanted to love this book about divorce and addiction and mental illness and the impacts it can have on a family but the writing is just simplistic and childish and, honestly, not very good. The author repeats words over and over (and over) and the incomplete sentences and one sentence paragraphs annoyed me a lot. For instance, “Because everywhere where Rosie was, was special. And Rosie left pieces of herself everywhere she ever was. Rosie left pieces of Rosie in everyone she ever loved.” I’ll leave it at that.
The book in question is the Sarajevo Haggadah and Brooks follows the book itself back and forth through time, using vignettes of the people who handled the book as the plot. I enjoyed it a lot and appreciated that Brooks didn’t tie up the individual stories but instead left us to decide on our own what happened. The ending felt a little forced but overall I found it to be well written and a great read.
I wish I could review the plot and the writing separately. For the story I’d give this 4 stars – it was interesting and intriguing and I didn’t “figure it out” until the very end. For the writing, though, I’d give this 2 stars. The prose is unnecessarily flowery and just not very good. I wasn’t expecting literary fiction, but I was hoping for something more than another chic lit romance. Still, it was a fast and easy read and I’d recommend it for those times when you don’t want to think too hard about what you’re reading.
I wanted to love this book but it felt a bit forced and read much more like a memoir than a novel. The writing is good and I think Clemmons has potential but this one just never took off.
A fabulous story of the Alaskan wilderness, survival, hope, superstition and more. I loved the characters and different points of view, the setting was vivid and beautiful, and the story heartbreaking and lovely and captivating. Highly recommended!
Our justice system is not just, particularly for someone poor and black and the death penalty as it is currently administered is cruel. I admire Anthony Ray Hinton for his strength of character, vivid imagination, and unwavering hope. An important read.
Helprin’s writing is just beautiful and, while it took a while for this novel to grab me, once it did I fell completely in love with it. Jules, the main character, is marvelous and has seen and done incredible things in his lifetime. This is one that should not be missed.
I found a way to copy my reviews from Good Reads that I like much better than the way I have been doing it – hope you have found it better, too.
What are you reading these days?