I did a summary of my 2018 reading but I haven’t shared reviews of the books I’ve finished for about a month now. Without further delay, here they are:
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Absurd and farcical and way too long, I struggled to finish this one but I was curious enough to want to know how it all turned out. It’s like a mash up of Forest Gump, A Man Called Ove, and Big Fish. There are parts that are funny and the intermingling of historical events and leaders is clever but overall this just wasn’t the right book for me.
I’m not especially familiar with mythology and hesitated to read this book despite how much everyone loved it. I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did. It’s fabulous, with strong characters (especially female ones), beautiful descriptions, and a truly compelling story. It’s all familiar but also different and I highly recommend it.
Super short but brilliant. Just be “niser” to each other.
An easy and entertaining read. Not great literature and utterly predictable but engrossing and worth reading.
g: 5 of 5 stars
Weird and wild and probably not for everyone but this book blew my mind.
This is an excellent true crime book with compelling writing and a fascinating subject. It’s particularly tragic that McNamara died before a suspect was arrested and charged with this crimes from the 1970s and 1980s. Highly recommended for those who enjoy the genre.
The premise of this book is to remember that our country has often experienced times of turmoil and corruption and that (eventually) our better nature has prevailed. It definitely helped to think of those times as I watch the news and see the struggle with the current times.
This is a truly charming book full of poignant observations on life, aging, friendship, and more. It’s rare for me to make note of specific sentences I love in a book but this one had a few that I just couldn’t resist including: “A long second is when clock hesitates, just for a moment. Just long enough to give you the extra time you need to make the right decision.” While the third thing about Elsie was pretty obvious to me right from the beginning, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended.
I hope you’ve been reading great books and I also hope you’ll tell me about them.