Sunday, December 1, 2019

Fan Art from 'Holes' by Louis Sachar

Holes (Holes, #1)Holes by Louis Sachar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book (in 2003), I wasn't sure that I would like this book very much. But as soon as Kissin' Kate Barlow came up, I got a lot more interested. By the end, I thought it was a pretty darn good story.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

'Find Me' by André Aciman

Find Me
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I admit I didn't read Call Me By Your Name, but I did see the movie. When I heard it had a sequel, I had to find out what happened to Oliver and Elio, who fell in love in Italy when Elio was only 17 and Oliver was Elio's father's graduate student. The last Elio heard from Oliver, Oliver was getting married.

15 years have passed, and now Elio is a 32-year-old professional pianist. His father, Sami (Samuel), is taking the train to visit him. Divorced, lonely Sami meets single-but-it's-complicated Miranda. Miranda has daddy issues. Their complicated romance ensues.

Next we get a glimpse into Elio's life in Paris with his could-be second love, Michel. Michel is perhaps 15 to 20 years older than Elio, but not quite Sami's age. Elio has daddy issues, too. As does Michel, who suspects his late father's unspoken secret was an early-adulthood romance with a Jewish musician.

Oliver, too, is a father. He and wife Micol have two sons, but as they get ready to move the family from New York to New Hampshire, Oliver realizes his time with Micol is at its natural end. And then...well, I won't spoil it, but it's lovely.

I read this book in two sittings. It's full of vigils, mysteries, coincidences, and deja vu. The prose is lovely and the emotions are strong. It serves as a fitting ending to the story of Oliver and Elio.

I checked this hardcover book out from my local library and wasn't obligated in any way to review it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nonfiction: 'Trainwreck' by Sady Doyle

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and WhyTrainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Doyle is somewhat preaching to the choir with me - I already love "difficult" women like Courtney Love despite their flaws (i.e. being human beings). Still, I was enthralled by this exploration of what happens when a woman in the public eye is judged to have become the wrong kind of woman in the public eye. It taught me more than I'd ever known before about Charlotte Bronte and Marie Antoinette - we're not good at teaching history and literature from the point of view of the women who experienced them. I highly recommend this book for anyone who participates in American popular culture on any level.

I borrowed this audio book from my local public library using the Libby app. I'm not obligated in any way to review it.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Currently Reading: 'Wayward Son' by Rainbow Rowell

Recently read:

PumpkinheadsPumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Happy Read a Book Day! My pick today was this adorable graphic novel about two friends working on their very last day at the pumpkin patch. I really loved the characters and the art. I'm not sure if I want to be Deja or if I want to date her.

I purchased this book from my local comic book store with my own funds and was not obligated in any way to review it.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Sample of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! That was a great ending. I listened to the public domain audio book and was not required in any way to review this book.