This was a slow month. The library is in some kind of slow down and not a lot of new books have come out and I was on vacation for some of it, and The Son was nine thousand pages long. Annoying.
99. Navigating Early
I really liked Moon Over Manifest but this didn’t do it for me.
100. Getting Mother’s Body
I was led to believe that this was the best book in the history of recorded time. It was fine, and I’m glad I read it, but it wasn’t any kind of life changing read for me.
101. Reconstructing Amelia
Meh. I read it out of sheer desperation. It was fine.
102. Escape From Camp 14
A tidge weird, but fascinating and terrifying and I learned a lot about North Korea, none of which I had any idea about before. You’ll never complain about a bad meal again, I’ll tell you that.
103. The Son
I loved the first couple of hundred pages, despite the fact that it was really violent. Fair warning: REALLY violent, much of it towards women. It’s divided into chapters told by three alternating narrators though, and one of the narrators is a Grade A Dud. And it’s at least 200 pages two long. People are talking Pulitzer Prize, but I think not. Sorry.
It’s so hard to talk about this book. First of all, I was nervous in the first fifty pages that I wouldn’t like it at all, it takes some time to get going and Eleanor & Park was so wonderful and this is very different. It’s older and it’s longer and less innocent feeling. But it’s still one of the best books I’ve read in a long long time. And Rainbow Rowell pulled off some things that I didn’t think she was going to be able to pull off and she sold it. The way she writes her secondary characters – slowly, interestingly, lovingly, and with so much fun and friendliness – reminds me of old school Sarah Dessen. Approve. But with the caveat that it didn’t become a part of my heart the way that Eleanor & Park always will be. It’s a really good book. Not sure it’s a GREAT book, but that just might because I believe Ms. Rowell really does have TRULY great in her and I’m just waiting and watching to see it happen again.
105. Spirit and Dust
I liked the main character in this book, but the plot was the stuff of absolute nonsense. People on Goodreads gave this book FIVE STARS! My hope for humanity is lost.
Very well written, very boring.
107. Visitation Street.
Meh. I had to skim the last half.
108. Lost Girls
I found it extremely odd that a person would write a book about an unsolved mystery and not at least postulate a few theories about what happened. Do some detective work, maybe? I really don’t understand what this book adds to the story except a ton of backstory about the victims.
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