Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante


(So I loved the first two books and didn't like the second two.)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

So I didn't love this as much as the first two, but I still raced through it and am eager to read the fourth.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

I listened to this for Truman's book group. I really liked it.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Man from St. Petersburg by Ken Follett

I'm embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed this.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This was INSANE. I cannot for the life of me understand why this was so popular. This is the craziest thing I have ever heard.

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Once again, I was entranced, perhaps even more than with the first book, although I'm not sure exactly why this book was so compelling.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The crushing weight of all of the gushing reviews of this series finally got to me and so I decided to give it a try. And I was completely enthralled by this book, although I don't entirely understand why.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

The strength of this book was the portrait of how a seemingly-normal person could convince herself to kidnap a baby. The weakness was the ending (it just sort of ended without resolving much).

Review copy provided by publisher.

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

I kept expecting this to do something that it just didn't do. There are some interesting strands here, but it doesn't hold together.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Sistering by Jennifer Quist

This was quirky. I can't decide if I liked it. It was just . . . uneven. Some aspects were phenomenal but some plot points totally didn't work.

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