I’m doing something a little bit different with my “stats” section below. It seemed too crowded to put the title and year published on the same line so those are now separated out. And I’ve been ruminating for awhile on what to do with what I used to call the “Rating” line. I enjoy the Buy/Borrow/Bypass posts by Book Riot, but I don’t think it is actually as helpful in this format as I thought it would be. And just posting my Goodreads rating doesn’t feel like it’s giving you enough info. So I’m going to try a one- to two-sentence blurb about whether I would recommend this book and, if so, to whom. Any readers of this blog are welcome to comment with your thoughts about what you actually find helpful 🙂
Title – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Year published – 2007
Author – Junot Díaz
Page count – 335
Recommendation – My reaction to this reminds me of my thoughts on The Color Purple – I think everyone should definitely read this book at least once, but I don’t know that I need or want to read it again. Would be an interesting choice for a high school English class (and it would 100% get subsequently challenged/banned).
CW: the n-word, sexual assault/violence, suicide, depression – if those subjects could trigger trauma flashbacks for you, please make sure you’re in the right headspace before reading this. Continue reading “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)”
This was a pleasant little book. It’s not one that makes me excited to write a lengthy review or wish I could delve into writing an academic essay. But it was a lovely use of my time, and I think I want to read it again at some point. It reminds me of Pride & Prejudice in that way – I wasn’t too excited for that one either when I first read it, but additional readings have led me to appreciate it more.
Title – Silas Marner
Author – George Eliot
Page count – 185
Rating – Borrow
Silas Marner is a spinner and weaver. As someone who came from another town and – except for his yarn and linen deliveries – keeps mostly to himself, he is regarded by the country folk as a “miserly recluse.” Continue reading “Silas Marner (George Eliot)”
I have never been so happy to be done with a book! It’s unfortunate because so many people (including the one who recommended it to me) have said it’s their favorite book. But by the end, I couldn’t enjoy the writing and story anymore. I was at a point where I was forcing myself to press on just so I could finish the darned thing. It’s not a terrible story – there were sections that certainly kept my attention – but this is one of those books that’s definitely not for everyone.
Title – The Count of Monte Cristo
Author – Alexandre Dumas
Page count – 1065 (nope, that’s not a typo)
Rating – It’s weird to publicly rate books that people have recommended for you. I hate to say it, but unless you’re looking for a very specific challenge…Bypass.
In a nutshell, this book is about a man who is wrongly imprisoned but escapes to exact revenge. Continue reading “The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)”
So I mentioned in my Sag Harbor review how I was on a waitlist for this book at the library because it’s Oprah’s latest book pick and thus very popular. Well…it became available! In less than a month! They must have a ton of copies because I was expecting to wait a looong time.
Title – The Underground Railroad
Author – Colson Whitehead
Page count – 306
This book – as you can probably guess from the title – tells a story about the Underground Railroad. But it re-imagines the narrative as if the network for freeing slaves was an actual railroad that ran underground Continue reading “The Underground Railroad (#30/50)”
Books about female friendship make me so happy. 🙂 And it’s fitting that this book was recommended to me by one of my friends who’s also doing a reading challenge. Feel free to comment with any good books you’ve been reading lately – I’m always open to suggestions! I already want to read this one again:
Title – The Boston Girl
Author – Anita Diamant
Page count – 320
The narrator of this book, Addie Baum, is telling the story of “how she became the woman she is today” to her 22-year-old granddaughter Ava. The present time is 1985 when Continue reading “The Boston Girl (#25/50)”
This is my favorite book.
I don’t say that lightly because there are many, many books I have loved dearly. But if I could only read one book for the rest of my life and enjoy just as much every time I read it, this one would be it.
Title – A Northern Light
Author – Jennifer Donnelly
Page count – 383
The year is 1906. The place is the northern backwoods of New York state. And our narrator-heroine’s name is Mattie Gokey, a sixteen-year-old girl and talented writer who dreams of going to college but is faced with Continue reading “A Northern Light (#21/50)”
When people find out I love to read, they often ask me, “What’s your favorite type of book?” There aren’t many genres I actively dislike, although I favor some over others. If I had to pick just one genre of book to read for the rest of my life, it would be historical fiction – stories based in fact, then embellished to either fill in the gaps or make the retelling a little more interesting.
Title – A Gathering of Finches
Author – Jane Kirkpatrick
Page count – 381
This book tells the story of Cassie Hendrick Stearns Simpson, who grew up on the East Coast then makes the journey out West to the still-developing wilderness of coastal Oregon. It’s told mostly from Cassie’s perspective, but toward the end other characters’ thoughts interject – a style I usually dislike but which was done effectively here.
The title of this book comes from the meaning of the word “charming.” It can refer to Continue reading “A Gathering of Finches (#16/50)”