Thoughts on Recent Books
Thoughts on Recent Books and Typed Up Fast
or… All the Books I Read or Attempted in July of 2018.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Despite all the authors who don’t want readers to give books poor ratings and how much I really do want to participate in that when I can appreciate that some books just don’t meet the needs of all readers, I do also want to say that SOMETIMES a low-rating or a ‘dislike’ can actually help a book because sometimes, a review reader will say to themselves, “Hey – those things you didn’t like are things I often DO like so I’m going to give it a try.” or, they might appreciate that some books have detractors which is good because a book that is universally liked by seemingly everyone must be suspect. It’s good to find that some people didn’t find it awesome like everyone else. It makes people curious. Right?
I did not like The Immortalists. It was not for me. I just didn’t buy some of the characters’ behavior and thought it tried to cram everything and the kitchen sink into the plot line. If it had been just the first 25%, I might have really liked it. But the 3rd and 4th parts didn’t work. Too much. Too unbelievable. Wearying. But hey; LOTS of people loved it so give it a try if it sounds good to you. Maybe you’ll love it. In fact, I hope you do. Caveat – I didn’t like the narration so maybe try the print.
By Our Beginnings by Jean Stubbs
A gem! a true and lovely literary wonder! It checked all the boxes for me. Set in England, romance between mature and smart individuals, family saga, historical, clash of classes and culture, story swept me away…
AND, to be totally honest, I expected it to be boring boorish dull. So a pleasant surprise! I was captivated within the first two pages.
My mother-in-law got me this for my birthday. xoxoxox
Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand
I doubt I ever read another book by Hilderbrand. But I do like and enjoy and admire this author based on her Twitter presence.
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara by Ben Fountain DNF – I’m going to have to try this again sometime. I didn’t capture me.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James – FASCINATING! Too long, though, and very violent. I just couldn’t bring myself to continue the audiobook and wanted to cry.
A Gate at the Stairs / Lorrie Moore
I’ve heard SO MANY interesting things about Lorrie Moore and every interesting thing makes me think I would love her books. I discovered this book was in my immediate possession so I read it and I enjoyed it very much if enjoyment is the right word. She tackles tough stuff. I wish I could articulate my thoughts but I’m a coward when it comes to crazy good stuff and my inadequacies of explaining what exactly I found impressive or thought-provoking.
My 15 minutes are up.
Have you read any of these? Do share!