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Friday, April 19, 2024

Book: Brick Lane

 Book: Brick Lane

Author: Monica Ali

Pages: 384


This is my 74th read for the year

This is a story about Nazneen.  As a young woman, she is forced into an arranged marriage to a man 20 years older.  Once married she is moved from Bangladesh to London where she doesn't speak the language, doesn't understand the culture, and is away from everyone she knows.  However, she focuses on being a wife and eventually a mother and finds there are times she loves her husband.  However - an affair with a person her age makes her realize that leaving London and eventually going back to Bangladesh might not be what she wants.

This was a strange book.  I never did really get into it.  There were long drawn out chapters that were written in letter form - jumping months at a time.  It was in the middle of the book and such a left turn from the plot it was startling.  Then it went back to the plot.  It was a long meandering book with a plot that was all over the place and the ending was unsatisfatory.  I was reading this for the Rory Gilmore Challenge (which I am starting to question if I should continue) and just did not enjoy it.

Stars: 2



Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Book: Sorry I'm Late I Didn't Want To Come

 Book: Sorry I'm Late I Didn't Want To Come

Author: Jessica Pan

Pages: 272


This is my 73rd read for the year

This is the story of the author who - as an extreme introvert - decided to spend on year trying to extrovert. She obtains some guidance and she starts small - talking to strangers.  Then moves on to improv, stand up comedy, traveling alone, and finally hosting a dinner party at her house where she knows she will be the center of attention.  She is hoping to learn some lessons to improve her quality of life - hoping to not run out of an overly crowded room or restaurant when she felt overwhelmed.  She tries to become braver.

This was an okay book.  I found some of the choices the author made to extrovert a bit strange.  Improv? Stand up comedy?  I get what she was trying to overall improve, but aren't there more general approaches to being an extrovert than these?  I know a lot of extroverts, and not one of them does either of these activities.  I am not sure that Jessica is a TRUE introvert.  I mean - there has to be a level up from talking to strangers before you get to improv.  

Stars: 3


Monday, April 15, 2024

Book: Firestarter

 Book: Firestarter

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 512


This is my 72nd read for the year

This is the story of Andy McGee and his daughter Charlie.  Andy and his late wife, Vicky, had volunteered in college as test subjects.  While they developed psychic abilities, their child Charlie developed pyrokinesis, and has become extremely dangerous because she cannot control it.  Charlie and her dad are on the run from "The Shop" - the folks that ran the experimental testing on her parents - to end Charlie's life because they fear that she may set the world on fire. 

This was a weird book.  King is a gifted writer, but the story itself was a bit strange.  It started out strong, and then it started to drag a bit.  There was so much dialogue, that I found myself wanting Mr. King to just get on with it and get back to the point.  It was a good novel (and an old one) but not his best in my opinion.

Stars: 3.5


Friday, April 12, 2024

Book: Thursday Murder Club

 Book: Thursday Murder Club

Author: Richard Osman

Pages: 384


This is my 71st read of the year

This is a story of four friends in a retirement village in England who meet each week.  They discuss unsolved crimes and call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.  Now they are involved in their first live case - one that takes them beyond the village and their discussions and right into the middle of an investigation.

This was a cute book.  It was an easy read, and I liked most of the characters.  It had a slow start, but did pick up as it went along, so I am glad I stuck with it.  Might be a bit too wordy for a short novel - an editor could have helped tighten up the plot. Believe it or not - there is a small dialogue in this book that bumped it a star for me - brought me to near tears with the sentimental bit, so there is that.

Stars: 4


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Book: Terms of Endearment

 Book: Terms of Endearment

Author: Larry McMurty

Pages: 416


This is my 69th read for the year

This is the story of Aurora and her daughter Emma.  Aurora - whose entire world needs to revolve around her - is a widow how has had many suitors since her husband died.  Her grown daughter, Emma,is who she worries the most about.  Worried Emma married the wrong man, and when Emma is diganosed with caner - worried of what will become of her daughter's baby if Emma dies.

This was an okay book.  I remember watching the movie years ago, and the books seems very different from what I remember.  I have it in my head that the movie was mostly about Emma's cancer, but I might not be correct about this.  So the book was startling when it was mostly about Aurora and her relationships.  The book is rambilng.  Emma's diagnosis is a quick part at the end.  Just different than I expected.

Stars: 3




Book: X Saves The World

 Book: X Saves The World

Author: Jess Gordinier

Pages: 224


This is my 70th read for the year

This is a non-fiction book where the author looks into the lives of Generation X.  The Generation between Baby Boomers and the Millenials - he discusses what made this Generation what it was.  From movies to music to stars of the day, he points out how this generation has had to move at a faster pace then any before it.

I liked some things about this book, but overall the author spent so much time just name dropping and discussing music genres that I quickly lost interest.  There are some good lines and interesting parts, but overall it wasn't much of a novel about Generation X.  Too much talk about bands - not enough talking about the generation itself and its regular people.

Pass

Stars: 2


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Book: All The Little Truths

 Book: All The Little Truths

Author: Debra Webb

Pages: 344


This is my 68th read for the year

This is the 3rd book in the Finley O'Sullivan series.  Finley's new client has a shady past, and her firm has taken on his case to clear him of a crime.  13 years ago a teenager named Lucy was killed and Ray, Finley's client, is believed to be the murder.  But Finley isn't so sure.  The case went cold, the father of the girl died, Ray's brother disappeared, and the girl's mother disappeared.  As Finley investigates the case, more questions than answers start to appear.  And somehow, Finley's dad seems to be involved and Finley thinks that he isn't telling her everything she needs to know to figure out who murdered Lucy all those years ago.

This was a good book.  I have read the other two, and started the series because my daughter's name is Finley.  I thought this book moved along pretty nicely.  It is an easy read, and I do get a bit frustrated when the author keeps secrets from the reader that seem to be dragged out too long, but I liked the twist in this one.  Glad I finished the series.

Stars: 4