It’s a very long time since my last update on what I’ve been reading – although I have mentioned books along the way – so get ready for a whole slew of snarky six word reviews.
Since I’ve totally veered from reading everything on the BBC 100 List, most of these books will not be from that list. I will also exclude the Harry Potter books. I loved them, but they all sort of blend in my mind.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Overrated. Dickens obviously paid by word.
Persuasion, by Jane Austen. Read instead of Dickens. Watch miniseries.
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden. Surprisingly trashy. Details make the book.
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. Interesting and strange. Curious about movie.
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pretentious literary gymnastics. Good characters though.
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Suspenseful gothic mystery. Suspend all disbelief.
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson. Want to take up boxing now.
Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. Unexpectedly ignorant, anti-war, pro-woman.
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly. Dark, imaginative, and sad. Want more.
Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres. War romance with slow start, nice payoff.
Saturday’s Child, by Kathleen Norris. Enjoyable fluff. Single gal, 1915 SF.
Room, by Emma Donoghue. Amazingly moving. Read in two nights.
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris. His radio stories. Still hilarious though.
And that’s it!
Of all of these, I’d say the only one you MUST read is Room. I could not put that sucker down. At the same time, it’s thoroughly disturbing and upsetting. I felt like I was in that room, in the head of Jack, the five-year old narrator. And the fact that the author could pull off the voice of a little kid for an entire novel – I don’t know if I’d be able to do that.
The Book of Lost Things was also quite good. I liked it well enough that I want to read his other book, The Gates, which seems to be YA, but a lot of awesome books out there are YA.
Now I’m reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It’s a long one so I won’t be done for a while.