Did you read a book this year that left you craving more when it was over?
I think this prompt can be taken two ways. The positive take would be a book that you loved so much, you just didn’t want it to end. And the negative take would be the book that left you feeling unsatisfied, looking for more at the end. I experienced both this year, and reviewed them as well. I’ll start with the positive.
With all the television, movies and fashion throwing back to the 1920s and 30s, this book could not have come at a better time. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles was probably the best book I read this year. I wasn’t only captured by the story. I was captured by the setting of New York in the 30s, by an independent woman, and by the magnificent use of language and dialogue in this book. I think I raved about it to everyone I knew. It was just so good. And when it ended, I just wanted to stay there. I think the story wrapped up nicely, but I simply did not want it to end.
On the other hand, there was The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. At first, I thought I hated this book. It was not the easiest read because I wasn’t happy with any of the characters. But I’ve come to realize that this book succeeded in one thing. It has made me think a lot. Sometimes, out of nowhere, I find myself thinking a lot about Mitchell. I wish his story was more complete, more fulfilling, and less about his devotion to Madeleine. But I rarely give a thought to Leonard. It catches me off guard and I think that Eugenides is successful in writing something that has left me thinking, even almost a year later. A friend of mine had a similar reaction. She wonders about Madeleine. I have recently borrowed Middlesex from a friend. I’m wondering what Eugenides has up his sleeve with that one, and I’m wondering if I ever pick up The Marriage Plot again, will I have a different reaction the second time around?
Did you have a similar reaction to a book this year? Positive or negative?