Stop bugging mom about business college
Honestly, I KNOW all memoirs, especially of childhood, are an amalgamation of different memories to create coherent stories. Unless perhaps the author was a prolific journaler from an early age. But the cracks are really showing in this one.
Since it came out, I have loved the 2018 movie adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle
And now that I‘m trying to read the original, let‘s just say the first page does not have me disappointed
This novel is beautifully written but surprisingly brutal. Everyone goes around ignoring each other‘s feelings in a way that is almost cruel and that makes for a very frustrating 500+ pages.
The plot goes nowhere and ends with a thud on a non sequitur. And the only two characters to have anything approaching a real arc (out of myriads) are two of the “bad guys.”
Wish my original pick for my #readharder2020 #doorstopper had worked out. 🤷🏻♀️
1. I don‘t think the blog stuff is realistic at all
2. It is genuinely upsetting reading about the Obama election from this remove
3. So many one-off characters!?!!???
But the story rattles along in a vey readable way, told from a not-too-common perspective in American literature. I‘m glad I read it.
Really could have done without the fat kid side character named Slopper. And I‘m not sure how many times you‘re actually allowed to pull the “but little did we know, life as we know it was about to change forever” method of creating a cliffhanger, but it‘s got to be fewer times than it is attempted here.
But still it was affecting. And that ending took me OUT.
Read for #readharder2020 prompt “a book about climate change”
A little tone deaf at times and the switching back and forth between narrators made the flow a bit choppy and difficult to follow. Basically I‘d this is on or with any given smutty fan fic. But I‘ve read much better sports RPF than this...
Read for #readharder2020: a romance about a single parent
This book was BARELY saved from being a pan by the conclusion of the restaurant story started in the first chapter, dropped for the rest of the book, and returned to in the penultimate chapter. Otherwise I‘m not sure why anyone would read this weirdly braggy memoir. (Read for the #ReadHarder2020 prompt “a food book about a cuisine you‘ve never tried before”—which turned out to be mostly untrue)
A memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own: the details of Hasidic life feel like something you know of but you don‘t really KNOW, very enlightening #readharder2020
For the #readharder2020 prompt “a book that takes place in a rural setting.” This turned out to be a surprisingly nuanced take on queerness and its intersection with the small town church community. Something I never knew I wanted, but that I really loved!
I liked this very much. Bits of it were rather melodramatic. But, even so, I found the main character‘s reactions to those events to be realistic. And it‘s set a tumultuous and specific time and place that I had never give much thought to before. Plus the cover is so shiny!
This book suffers from a plague of people who WILL NOT talk about their feelings under any circumstances, and could use some more space for character development to help you catch with the 40,000 characters, but ultimately it was a quick, cute read and I liked it!
There‘s not too too much intrigue to this mystery story, but I liked it anyway. The characters were enjoyable and believable and I want to go back to Hawaii SO BAD.
On to a mystery where the victim is not a woman! (Only one apparent victim so far and he is definitely a man.) #readharder2020
I found this to be a very compelling read even though it‘s a bit more ephemeral than I usually go for (the plot and the prose just sort of float along). But it started to go downhill for me after it switched back to Boy‘s point of view in the last section (I‘d really rather hear from Snow at this point). And then that final reveal? Eeeeeesh. This probably still would have been a pick, if not for that.
This was almost a bail. I just don‘t like Daniel Handler‘s writing style for his adult works. I was maybe 14 the last time I tried to read one, so I thought maybe I was too immature for it. But nope! I just don‘t like it.