Between reading and audiobooks, I have been flying through some books. And I realized I haven’t slowed down enough to review them. Instead of a dedicated post for each book, I thought I’d group them together in a couple of posts to move things along.
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz - I debated telling you about this one, but I thought I would save you the trouble of reading it. As someone who works in this field, I didn’t enjoy the book at all. The tone of the book is negative throughout and has very little redeeming qualities. There were some things that were better than others, but it also happened to be predictable. I read it because I wanted to see the movie. But the movie was even worse, which I’m sad about because I think Tina Fey and Paul Rudd could save anything. But no, somehow, the movie was an even worse version because it elaborated and created story around all of the worst parts of the book. I do NOT recommend this title. 2/5
Son by Lois Lowry - Son is the last book in the The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. This was a quick read that gave the last main character his complete story. I liked that it gave a little more background into the world that Jonas and Gabe came from, and also explored worlds beyond that grayscale community. Son also has a little sense of adventure that seemed to lack a little in the middle two books. I’m not entirely sure what the point of the series was, but it was an easy read, and I’m glad I finished them all. 3/5
“Wow,” you must be thinking at this point. “Has she read anything likable?” Actually I have, but I had to get the mediocre ones out of the way. On to better reads!
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson - This is one of those books that is always sitting on the “Buy 2 Get the 3rd free” table at Barnes and Noble. It’s always in my basket, and then it never makes it home with me. I listened to it on audiobook, and I’m glad I finally did. This is a story about retired Major Ernest Pettigrew, who lives in the English countryside, and is a very traditional and proper Englishman. The story follows him as he develops a friendship with Mrs. Ali, the widowed Pakistani shop keeper in their small town. He’s not just faced with the difficulty of beginning a new relationship in his old age, but also with the small-minded views that the town, his son, and Mrs. Ali’s family constantly whisper about. I really liked this story, and am glad I listened to it, because the narrator gave the characters such fun personalities. 3/5
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler - After watching Midnight in Paris, and reading The Paris Wife, I became intrigued by Zelda Fitzgerald. I looked up a little bit about her, and found this recent novel. Much like The Paris Wife, this novel explores the courtship and marriage of this famous literary couple. What began as a whirlwind romance moved into a tumultuous public relationship that crossed oceans. Zelda Fitzgerald was a writer and painter. She was supportive of Scott and his career, but had to deal with his ego and creative moods. This book is a work of fiction and isn’t the exact story of these two, but Fowler did a lot of research, and really nails the two main characters’ personalities. With the release of The Great Gatsby and lots of attention on the famous novelist, it’s nice to get a glimpse into the woman beside him. I highly recommend this read, especially if you enjoyed The Paris Wife and Midnight in Paris. I can’t seem to get enough of these 1920s era fictional memoirs. So, if you know of any more, please send them my way! 4/5
Have you read some books that you weren’t a fan of recently? What about some really great ones that you want to spread the word about? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.