Monday, March 7, 2016
In Which I Review Books
But anyway, today's post isn't about any of those things. Today I'm reviewing the scant number of books I managed to read last month. I admit, I got a little lazy about reading toward the end of the month, but here's what I did get through:
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock—Matthew Quick—Holy hell, was this an intense read. This is the most intense book I've read in a long time. Seriously, I didn't breathe a lot while reading this book. It's not for the faint of heart. It will unsettle you. It will disturb you. And I couldn't stop reading it because I had to know what would happen next. The end was a slight disappointment, only because I really wanted to know more about what happened to the characters after the story ended (THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE!), but overall, I thought it was an excellent book.
Other Broken Things—C. Desir—I always enjoy Desir's books, and this one was no different. This is the story about Natalie, a 17-year old recovering alcoholic, who also happens to be a boxer. I think it's a mark of a good read if I spend each and every page worrying about the character, and I was on edge (not to the same level as I was with Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, mind you) about the direction the story seemed to be taking. I liked the ending, but I'd love to know where Nat ended up.
Three Truths And A Lie—Lisa Gardner—This is a short story featuring Gardner's character D.D. Warren, a Boston detective who spends this story giving a lecture at a policing convention/seminar for writers. Now, I enjoy Gardner's books, and I really do like D.D. Warren, and I read every full-length novel (the latest novel was just released, and I'm in line for in at the library) in which she appears, but this particular story just didn't do anything for me—and not just because I solved the mystery rather early on. The format in which the story is presented kind of bored me. The vast majority of the story is dialogue, just straight dialogue, as D.D. relates the tale of a odd case to her group of writers. I love dialogue, I really do, but this felt like too much.
We Were Liars—E. Lockhart—So, this book left me rather befuddled. Quite frankly, I had a hard time getting through it, and it's possibly responsible for me not having read another book since. I found the prose style to be odd and a little affected. A lot affected. Okay, so this is a modern-day story (The characters had computers and cell phones and such), right? But for the longest time, because of the prose style and the way the characters spoke, I kept thinking it was set in the past, and I kept going back and forth to see if I had imagined the modern technology thing. I hadn't. I saw one review on Goodreads that only said "We were tedious." And I wholeheartedly concur.
2016 Reading Goal: 60 books
Books read this month: 4
Total books read so far this year: 10
Total books left to go: 50
And that's all she read, folks. Have you read any of these stories? Do you think I'm crazy for liking/not liking any of them? Read anything interesting lately? Tell me in the comments...
(Happy Monday, all!)