Over the past couple of months, I’ve really started to enjoy reading again. Life has been busy since, well, forever, and I’d forgotten how much I love going to the library. It’s easy for me to get lost in the endless array of reading material, and if it weren’t for Matt I might never make it back home Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick review of what I’ve been enjoying lately! I’ll start with the book that inspired me to write this post in the first place:
This is so. good. I honestly haven’t read such a good story in years. If you like Downton Abbey, this book is for you. I would have read it all in one sitting, except that it’s close to 500 pages, and this girl has to sleep. I loved the ending, and was sad when I finished it. Isn’t that the mark of a good read? When you feel sad that it’s over?
I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s based on a true facts about the early life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. I love, love, love stories that are set in the Jazz Age, and this book didn’t disappoint in that regard. But the end left me feeling sad and angry with the characters involved. I feel like there’s unfinished business. I did like it pretty well though, and I recommend it if you, too, enjoy the 1920′s setting!
Hm. This one wasn’t my favorite. I really wanted to like it, but it was anticlimactic, and I was disappointed with the ending. It plants an intriguing idea in the readers mind within the first couple of paragraphs (if I remember correctly), but for me, it didn’t deliver. Pass.
4. Gone Girl
If you’re easily offended by foul language and adult scenes, this is not the book for you. But, if you can get past that, you’ll find that this is a really interesting story. The plot is pretty unusual (read: CRAZY), the characters are unique… I can’t say I’ve ever read anything like it.
Another Kate Morton win. Really, really good. Her books can get a little wordy and overly descriptive, and a couple of times I found myself just skimming through a paragraph to get past bits of (in my opinion) unnecessary information. That quality doesn’t take away from the stories, though. Love them.
I just finished this book. Like, closed it 5 minutes ago and came in here to write this post. I wanted my emotions to be fresh so I could express to you how much I loved. this. book. My favorite so far of Kate Morton’s. I was sad when it ended. I wish I could have coffee with the characters and discuss the mystery! As with her previous books, it didn’t end at all like I’d imagined. Her stories (the three I’ve read, anyway) all have a similar theme. Misunderstandings and seemingly insignificant choices made by the characters cause ripple effects that last generations. My heart ached for the characters, their love lost. Speaking of characters, all of her books have an army of them. If I put it down for more than a couple of days, I had to really think to remember each of them and their role. I know I’ve really talked her books up, but I just love them!
Next on my reading list are A Room With a View (it’s old, I know) and What Alice Forgot. I like to check out only 2 books at a time, just to make sure I don’t return them late. It’s irritating to have to wait for a book that someone else has had for 6 weeks, haha
Let me know if you have read/plan to read any of these, and what you think!