Looking at past posts, I realized that the last book review I did was Beautiful Ruins and the last book I mentioned was Wuthering Heights. Well, folks, I’ve done a LOT of reading since then. And while I’m not as prolific as my friend Alison, I feel like I can hold my own when it comes to literary talk. So, as the weather gets colder and you’re more prone to curl up on the couch with a book, I figured everyone could beef up their reading list with these quick two sentence reviews.
- “The Amazing Adventures” of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon – This is the epic story of two young boys who break through on the comic book scene in the 1930s and 1940s. By falling in love with this book, it became one of my favorites of all time.
- “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – This book doesn’t need any additional hype from me but it’s definitely one that you can’t put down. The movie is just as good.
- “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple – Suburbia is just too much for Bernadette, a former architect, who can’t handle the societal pressures that drive her a little crazy. You’ll laugh your way through this one.
- “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling – Mindy Kaling. ‘Nough said.
- “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte – So, I know this is a classic but the writing is so dense and Heathcliff is such a terrible person that getting through this book is work. Stick to the likes of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel – The sequel to this book (“Bring Up the Bodies”) was getting such great reviews last year that I figured this had to be good. Not only is the structure of this book terrible, the story is boring.
- “Inferno” by Dan Brown – This was even more of a let down than his last book “The Lost Symbol.” I recommend rereading “Angels and Demons” if you need a Dan Brown fix.
- “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman – When Vulture wrote about how excited they were for the third book in this Harry Potter-like series, I couldn’t get my hands on the first one fast enough. Not only is it nothing like Harry Potter, the plot is muddled and confusing.
I could go on but figured this would get you started. I’m currently reading “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman, a book on French parenting seen through the eyes of an American in Paris. It’s fascinating, considering my background, but definitely not a good fit for everyone.
What have you been reading lately? Any thoughts on the books I posted above? Disagreements? What should be on my book list?
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