Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review

When Breath Becomes Air came highly recommended from a few people and after a LONG wait at the library I happily picked it up and devoured it pretty quickly. This part memoir part philosophical look at life is written by a terminally ill young talented neurosurgeon. I would hope that all doctors wrestle with the big questions he seemed to and come out just as grateful and humble...but sadly having dealt with many doctors I'm not convinced they do. I give it a 9 and recommend it to all.

Fates and Furies was our book club pick last month and was President Obama's favorite read of last year. It has been compared to Gone Girl...I think mainly because there's a big twist and it deals with the question of "Can you ever really know the person you're married to." I won't give it away though. It was a little too much at times. As in ALL the trauma that could happen to someone seemed to happen so it made it a little too unbelievable in my opinion. For that reason I'd probably give it a 6.5, although it did keep me on my toes! I recommend it if you liked Gone Girl but it's pretty graphic so be warned if you want to read it!

A Mercy is a little book with a lot of meaning. I thought I'd be able to breeze through it when I saw the size but the language and style is hard to read (genius but hard to read) so I found myself having to go back over a few passages. I really did enjoy the book and think Toni Morrison deserves every award she's ever gotten for her literary talent. The subject of course is tough to read about so I will have to space her readings out, but I do want to read more. I give it an 7.5.

The Forgetting Time was the book club pick for this month. Another one that I read quickly but didn't care that much for once it was done. There's enough mystery to keep you turning pages BUT once I found out the mystery I thought there'd be more twists...and there wasn't really. It did make me question what I would do in that mother's shoes but it's still a little far fetched for me. I think I'd give it a 6.5 and recommend it if you're into ....well I can't tell you because that might spoil it for you!

Chapter Books with Liv
Matilda was my favorite as a kid so I was excited when I thought Liv was old enough for it. It's a good one to read allowed too because it still has lots of pictures even though it's a chapter book. Liv really liked it and many nights begged to read more than one chapter and I usually caved. I think it made her appreciate her principal more ha! and I'm pretty sure she's convinced if she can practice hard enough at staring at things she too will be able to move them! We plan to watch the movie this weekend and start on more Roald Dahl books ASAP!

What are you reading? I've signed me and Liv both up for the summer reading program at the library so we shall see what comes of it!
Rules of rating seen here.

The switch from Shelfari to Goodreads has been pretty smooth. I still haven't figured out how to add the book widget to my sidebar and I don't get all the social media aspects of it but I never cared for that part anyway.

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