My reading has slowed down lately although I can’t pinpoint exactly why. I did meet my goal of 75 books for the year a week or so ago and I am still reading, of course. Today I am sharing the books I’ve read since September 11th.
I enjoyed this story but the writing was lacking depth. There was lots of detail given about certain time periods and then whole years were skipped over without any real information. The ending felt rushed and was not the pay off I had hoped to get. Recommended because of the plot and historic accuracy.
Self-absorbed and preachy, this book was just not for me. I like Rachel Hollis as a motivational speaker and admire what she has done building her company, I enjoyed Girl Stop Apologizing but this one is repetitive and contradictory and tone deaf. Girl, don’t bother.
I thought this book had great potential and that the author would use the things that happened to her and the way she dealt with them to offer practical and inspirational help for the rest of us. That just never happened for me, it felt tedious and repetitive and I only finished for the sake of finishing. Maybe I’m just not the audience for this one.
I really loved this book. Do you have to suspend belief a bit to enjoy it? Yes. Is it worth it, though? Yes. To me the plot, a bit of a romance with some mystery thrown is, was secondary to the setting and it’s the setting that made me love this book. I could taste the grits and cornbread, I could smell the saltwater and mud, see the gulls and heron and other wildlife that permeated each chapter, I felt completely immersed in the marsh and it’s wild beauty.
Bryan Stevenson is doing important and difficult work, securing justice for those we deserve it most but rarely receive it. There is much to learn and consider from the stories he tells in this book, they will stay with me for a long time.
This is truly a masterpiece of a novel, made even better by listening to the audio version narrated by Tom Hanks. The story is incredibly well told, with a timeline that’s fluid but never confusing; the characters are beautifully created and real, full of flaws, loving and living and holding grudges; and the gorgeous Dutch house, which is really a mansion, is at the center of it all. Do yourself a favor and start listening to this one immediately, you will be enthralled.
The parts of this book that are good are very good . . . the beginning pulled me right in, the descriptions of the brutality and hopelessness of slavery, the plans of escape and the use of a bit of magical realism. And yet I did not love this book and found that I had to force myself to pick it up and finish it. It’s a difficult subject and that made it hard to read but it’s also that I never really connected with the characters and I also felt like it went on too long. Coates has written some amazing non-fiction and this is his first foray into fiction. I think he’s got great potential to write a fantastic novel, this just wasn’t it for me.
A good historical fiction with an underlying mystery told in the epistolary format through not just letters but also diary entries and court records. I enjoyed it for a fast and easy read and found the story quite compelling.
And there you have it, the latest books I’ve read. Hope you enjoyed the reviews and found something that appeals to you.
Don’t forget that today is the first day of discussion about Just Mercy over on Kym’s blog. I hope you’ll participate!