I used to try to do a weekly reader series. I read daily, sometimes hourly, if the book is especially good. I like to share the books I read with you - the good, the bad, the ugly - because in my mind, there is NOTHING worse than buying a book that you think is going to be just AMAZEBALLS and it so is not.
Ahem. I'm giving the hairy eyeball to you, Amazon reviews.
I read so voraciously that reporting these reads to you could be an all day affair - so I try to do it at least semi regularly in order to keep the post length down.
So, here are some books that I've been reading, with my notes - I'm linking them for your ease, not because I make any money off of your Amazon purchases, fyi:
Me Before You - This was one of my favorite books to have read over the past several months, and I'd have to put it up there at the top of any list. It's been hailed as a "Modern Day Love Story" of the 21st-century, and it touches on the topic of euthanasia. I found myself pulling for the couple, and I didn't expect to. I understood what would happen at the end – kind of saw it coming before it happened – but it was still very touching. 5 stars out of 5.
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - I wanted to like Elizabeth, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. I really did. It seems like just the tale for me – the inner workings of someone who was truly famous, although we know nothing about her. The parts of the story that focused on the dressmaker were very interesting indeed. I especially enjoyed the back door view into the Lincoln White House. When the book delved into Civil War, it definitely lost me. I know my history, and I love me some history. But I didn't want to hear the details of the battles again. Rather, I wanted to know what made the dressmaker stick with Mrs. Lincoln, even though she was extremely difficult. I wanted to know what made their relationship tick. I didn't finish reading this book, and I've only even done that three times. I had been reading for what seemed like days and days, and felt as if I was slogging through it, and realized I was only 34% completed. Rather than being excited that I had so much more to look forward to, I felt dread. So I didn't finish it.
When It Happens to You -
The concept of this book was intriguing - a set of short stories that are all interwoven - one person from the first story appears in the second, a different person from the second is in the third, and so on. The stories were all interesting, some sad, a few that were so well written that I hated the character - which I think I was supposed to. Written by Molly Ringwald, it's not your typical "celebrity" book - those are often so dumb you can't finish them. This was excellent. 4 out of 5.
Digital Fortress - I downloaded Digital Fortress on the day that Dan Brown's new book title was debuted. I've heard good things about his books, but I've never read them, mostly because I've heard that some of his more famous books were anti-Catholic. I have a hard enough time keeping myself straight. I don't need books to help take me to another side. But Digital Fortress discussed topics that I am interested in: computer hacking, puzzles, the tech world. This is a very good book, although the end didn't come together in a satisfying manner. I had actually picked out who the villain was about halfway through the story. It was predictable, but didn't wrap up satisfactorily. 3 stars out of 5.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter -
A murder mystery that gripped me from the very beginning, this was a favorite book. It deals with race and class issues in a satisfactory, and more important, BELIEVABLE manner. 4 stars out of 5.
Redeeming Love - A girlfriend posted that she was reading Redeeming Love on her Facebook wall, and she received more comments on that post than any I've ever seen. Everyone universally loved the book, so I downloaded it. It was – okay. A little bit preachy, a little bit overdone, but still, a fairly satisfying story in the end. Don't read if you don't like to be preached to. 3 stars out of 5.
American Wife - This book I have not yet finished, but I already love it. When I began to read it, I Google search to find out which presidents this book referenced. The overwhelming thought is that it talks about Laura Bush, and her husband. If that is true, this book could almost seems scandalous in some aspects. I like Alice. I really like her a lot, and I'm not a fan of the family into which she married. They are rude, snotty, haughty, and look down on those without money. I find myself rooting for Alice, and hoping that her husband will not go into politics. Alas, being that this is the story of George Bush, or so it's told, we know how this will end. I've not yet finished this book, but I give it a 5 out of 5.
What are you reading?