This is how it happens:
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, you make yourself a big ol’ New Years blogging resolution to be more on top of your reading wrap up posts and challenge updates and all these other nerdish hoosie-moosies we bookish folk get ourselves into. And that works pretty well through January and even a bit into February.
And then in March you’re like, “Ehhhh … nobody will notice if I just let this lapse into April.” And then April slips slides away into May, and before you know it, you’re staring down the mid-point of the year almost and remembering how much you swore on December 30 as you wrote your wrap-up post for the year how much easier it would have been if you just had your shit together during the 11 other months gone by.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Yeah, I’m a little behind on my reading recap posts. I was going to say how pathetic these totals are, but 12 books in three months averages out to be almost a book a week. At this point, I’ll take it.
(Links at the end of the book covers take you to my reviews, in case you missed them or are just curious. I also have reviews for all but two of the others but just haven’t posted them yet.)
Room, by Emma Donoghue
I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson
Everybody Loves Somebody, by Joanna Scott
The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano
March was a great reading month, quality-wise. I really liked Everybody Loves Somebody (a great short story collection), Room, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, and American Wasteland best. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran deserves a mention too. It was very funny and a light read, despite the mudslinging that Sheffield delivers to Paul McCartney, which I found excessive and kind of unnecessary.
I Curse the River of Time and The Box weren’t really for me and I didn’t enjoy either of them much. I have reviews written (just not posted) for both of these.
(Those of you who know me and The Husband in real life can probably guess what camp we would fall into. It’s a pretty good bet that we won’t be having any sleepovers – unless they involve our 9 year old twins -in our house or the one we’re moving to.)
Fragile Beasts started out well for me – I was really engrossed in the story – but it lost me a bit midway, and then completely at the end with some gratuitous-seeming (at least to me) storylines.
I’ll have more to say in my reviews of both of these.
The Monsters of Templeton is probably going to make it onto my best books read this year. I really enjoyed this novel about the residents of Templeton, NY (a stand-in for Cooperstown) and their interconnected lives (boy, are they ever interconnected!). There’s a bit of magical realism in this one too, with a monster that lives at the bottom of Lake Glimmerglass, and whose presence has a significant impact on the townsfolk. (Not in an oooooohhhhhh!!! Big-skeeeerrrrry-monnnnnnnsterrrrrrr!!! kind of way. He’s a gentle soul. Think Mr. Snuffleupagus. More along the lines of a monster conjuring up sympathy and compassion and being symbolic for how we all have demons that we’re burying and that ultimately, we need to bring to the surface, no matter how much doing so makes us tremble inside.) Review to come.
I’m not sure I’ll do a formal review of Carlyle’s House. These are five fairly brief essays (or “sketches”) by Virginia Woolf and I only read it because … well, because it’s Virginia Woolf. Truth be told, I liked the introductions to the essays a bit better than the writings themselves.
And finally, I just finished Breaking Night earlier this week and have A LOT to say about this one in my review. It’s a powerful book in terms of the story. The writing itself was such that I found to be a little flat, but the story was what pulled me along. It has been compared to The Glass Castle, and I see the similarities, but also the differences.
So there you have it. All caught up for another month.
Or, you know … maybe three.
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