Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Book Review

Normally at the beginning of each new year I do a "best of books" list but I'm gonna have to take a break on 2016's list, I'm struggling to find time to blog in between the part time jobs and family life so it is what it is. And there's a blurred line between which year these were even read in, but maybe I'll do better in 2017!

The Wonder was a book that I assumed would reel me in like Room did and I'd finish in a day. Not the case with this story. It drags on quite slowly as it tells the tale of a nurse sent to investigate the (miraculous or child abuse?) case of a girl who apparently seemed to not be eating or drinking anything but whose health wasn't failing. Although it's not a true story it was based on similar happenings that did occur I believe in the early 19th century (whenever Florence Nightingale was around.) I found myself skimming a lot as it got repetitive....we get it, she HAD to watch the family very diligently, the family and church and town relations were all very tense, blah blah, but the the last few chapters were much like Room and I breezed through them as I had to find out what would happen! And I won't tell you, you'll have to read for yourself! But I only give this one a 7

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. I think this book is a very important subject matter in our society today and deals with the issue of race in the criminal justice system, but I also feel it's pretty heavy and lengthy so if you'd like the same information but don't think you can finish the entire book...please watch the documentary 13th, which is nominated for an Oscar and easily accessible on Netflix. With many of the BLM protests and issues coming about during this political season I feel it's important for American citizens to at least be aware of some of these facts in our judicial system. The history of them, the present issue at hand, and how our country is affected if things aren't changed for our future. You can agree or disagree, but you can't deny some of the atrocious facts raised in this book and documentary. I give it a 9. (The author is in the documentary but did not direct it)

Big Little Lies. Oh my goodness. Lauren gave me this book like 3 yrs ago or something and told me I'd love it and I just kept putting it off because it looked intimidating. Anything over like 300 pages makes me sigh when I look at it. But I have enjoyed the authors other books that I have read and I knew this would be a miniseries soon so it was time I gave it a chance. So good. Such humor about moms today, pta drama, but with a serious side to it as well. I recommend it if you like her other books or are a mom whose ever had a child in school. I think you'll enjoy it. I give it a 9.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Meh. Elizabeth Gilbert can be pretty annoying and rub people the wrong way sometimes and while I have enjoyed some of her other books, this was one I found annoying. Maybe it just didn't speak to me. The parts I found most interesting were the parts where she told someone else's story or example not her own. She contradicted herself a lot in this book and while I did highlight a few passages from it, it still wasn't fun to read. I give it a 5.

I Will Send Rain. Jeri recommended this book to me and said it was a better dust bowl story that Grapes of Wrath. I did enjoy it as the Dust Bowl wasn't exactly the main topic of book, rather the setting that a family drama took place during and obviously affected their lives greatly. If you like American tales or historical fiction then I recommend this one and give it a 7.5.

Maisie Dobbs. I feel like this will be a miniseries on PBS soon if it isn't already. Since it is a book series maybe this first one wasn't as good because it had to tell Maisie's back story of how and why she became a psychologist and private investigator after the war, in a time when obviously not a lot of women were embarking on the single life and careers of their own. I liked the detective part of it but it was interrupted by 2/3 of the middle part of the book telling of her childhood to the present, and while I guess it was necessary, it also bored me. So I can only give it a 6 and MAYBE I'll check out the second one before I write it off completely. I recommend it if you like Downton Abby or historical fiction.

What I'm Reading with Liv
Harry Potter. Yep we've started it! And we're almost done with book 1. She does get very interested in it but I must say I'm kind of bored with reading it aloud. I do love the series though. Some books are just like that I guess. Fun to read to yourself but when you actually have to say it out loud I feel it could be annotated. I feel we will have to take the series slowly though as I know she will want to see the movies and they get quite dark and scary the further along you get!

What are you reading?
Rules of rating seen here.


Katie and John said...

We have read the first Harry Potter book with the girls too. Well mostly Keely, the twins ended up falling asleep during the bedtime reading a lot :) She LOVED it. We have started the 2nd and have let them watch the first two movies but no more movies for...well a long time :)

jana said...

I just saw yesterday that Big Little Lies is being made into a HBO series with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon & Shailene Woodley. I had no idea it was from a book!

GmaakaMom said...

I think I'll try I Will Send Rain. Dad might even like that one.

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