(Please forgive me for the lack of links and the funky font. I pasted this in here from my reading log. I am too lazy to link or try harder to fix the font. I hope the reviews will interest you nonetheless. Also, pleas note:
I selected The Reader by Bernhard Schlink as the first book to read on my Kindle because of the title; I wanted a book about reading as a tribute to my new way of reading. I’ve also wanted to see the movie and decided to read the book first.
I found little negative to say about this book. While I read a translation, I still felt it was well written. The p.o.v. worked well in this case. It was more intriguing to look at Hanna from the outside than to be in her p.o.v., although I’m sure an argument could be made to the contrary.
I listened to A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons on tape. The story entwines the first-person narratives of married couple Ruby (the runaway daughter of a wealthy farmer) and Jack (a much older tenant farmer). Despite their many differences, they’ve had a devoted and tender marriage. The story begins with Ruby’s diagnosis of cancer and balances past and present action throughout.
I downloaded The Help by Kathryn Stockett to my Kindle on advice from SnB Sarah. Without a doubt, this is my favorite book I’ve read all year. I could not put it down. Told through the perspective of Aibileen and Minny, Black maids, and Skeeter Phelan, a white, recently-graduated-from-college girl, this amazing story tracks Skeeter’s quest to write about something important to her as she tries to get a job in publishing. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, the book never fails to entertain even while making the reader think hard about stereotypes and racism.
I enjoyed the movie version of Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg many years ago and decided to check out the audiobook. Smilla’s young neighbor is found dead after falling or jumping from their building’s roof. His death is called an accident, but Smilla is suspicious: the boy was horribly afraid of heights. She lodges a complaint with the police and begins her own investigation, which ends up bringing her to her homeland, Greenland.
This is a light, amusing book that
investigates love as pleasure and love as duty.
The fear Catherine felt during her brief marriage to Henry is
understandable, but as readers, we, of course, know she has nothing to
fear. What might she have done if only
This is a light, amusing book that investigates love as pleasure and love as duty. The fear Catherine felt during her brief marriage to Henry is understandable, but as readers, we, of course, know she has nothing to fear. What might she have done if only she’d known?