Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oh Hey, Books!

I've been cranking along on the #50in14 challenge. It hasn't been easy--I've hated some books and had to throw in some "gimmes" (short books) to still hit my total. So here's the latest:

Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt: This book wasn't at all what I thought it would be, but I still enjoyed it somewhat.

I Don't Know Where You Know Me From, by Judy Geer: I love Judy Greer (actress from supporting roles in lots of movies, the point of the book). However, her memoir is a snooze. There's nothing very remarkable about her life, and the book was quite a slog.

Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl: Another memoir, but I found this one fascinating. Reichl writes about her time as the dining critic of the New York Times. I loved reading about restaurants that are now famous when they first opened, how seriously she took her job, and New York in the eighties and nineties.

Love in Mid-Air, Kim Wright: Just remember that I didn't like it. The end.

The Traitor's Wife, Allison Pataki: the fictional story of Benedict Arnold's wife. I haven't delved too much into historical fiction and really enjoyed this book.

Night, Elie Wiesel: I've always meant to read this book, and preferably before the author died. It's a companion to Dawn (I think there's a third book too), but this is the only one that's a true story. It's the tale of Wiesel's time in a German concentration camp, and its heart-wrenching. I was literally horrified the entire time.

Dawn, Elie Wiesel: As much as I liked (or respected) Night, I really disliked Dawn. Could have been the fictional aspect of it, but the story just didn't resonate with me.

These Girls, Sarah Pekkanen: I read another one of Pekkanen's books, The Opposite of Me, and LOVED it. This book wasn't as good, but was an easy read. I bought this at a book club meeting where the author spoke--I had no idea she would be there and she signed my book! We had a lovely chat too.

The Irresistible Henry House, Lisa Grunwald: This book has been on my list for years, and I finally borrowed it from the library. It's another bildungsroman like Great Expectations (or, shudder, The Goldfinch), and it's . . .  ok? Perhaps I built it up in my mind a little too much?

The Secret Place, Tana French: this is apparently part of a series, the Dublin Murder Squad, that follows detectives in the Dublin police force. I had to read it for book club, but it got weird. And it was a might too long.

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes: Moyes wrote one of my favorite books of the year--Me Before You. Sadly, this book wasn't nearly as good. And it was very predictable.

So no real winners in the batch--Garlic and Sapphires and Night reign from the bunch. If you're keeping count, we're up to 37 books. I'm in the middle of two books, so things are looking busy, but manageable, for the coming months.

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