Spring Reading 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

I'm slowly finishing up the last few books that I've been gifted or bought myself before my self-imposed book buying ban. I'm now taking full advantage of libraries with English books and while I'm in the US over the summer, I'm going to borrow some of my sister's or mom's books. I'm also really looking forward to reading the last two books in the Golden Compass series, which have been waiting for me in Connecticut.

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith: Gruesome but great - another chilling Cormoran Strike novel. That ending, though! I needed one more chapter, although I'm sure another great novel will be coming out soon. My rating: 5/5

9 Women by Frances M. Thompson: Overall, a great collection of stories and I really like the author's note at the end. I think it provides a better understanding of each individual story and the collection as a whole. The characters in the stories, as well as the stories themselves were often very relatable, especially if you've loved and lost, or recently had a child. 

As with any book of short stories, I certainly had my favorites among these nine stories. 'The Pink Flowers,' a story of a woman's recently loss of her husband was, in many ways, both a beautiful love story and a story about grieving. I loved learning about what the husband left behind for her and his forethought to prepare little surprises. The story also had a happy ending (sort of)! 'Tell Me A Story' was another favorite from the collection, this time with a sad ending. I enjoyed hearing about the couple reminisce on both happy and sad memories, and the banter back and forth made them seem like a much younger couple. Another highlight for me was 'Leaving Rotterdam.' This story acted like a teaser for me and I want more! I'd love to read what made Lodewijk and his family have to flea Rotterdam, and I'd like to know what happens when (if?) they finally reach New York. When I first read 'Locked Up Lovers', I liked the story, but since moving on from it, I've been thinking about it constantly. I wonder about what happens to the main characters in the end, and am curious if what I think happened in the end actually happened.

This collection of nine stories has relatable characters and situations (many of them at least), and is an enjoyable, quick read. I'd highly suggest it. As with Thompson's other work, there are always little (or big) surprises in the stories, which make them a pleasure to read. I also find that many of the characters stay with you long after you've read the story. My rating 5/5.

Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht: An excellent cultural and folkloric story of a war torn country. This story also focuses heavily on death, un-death, and life. A very enjoyable read that I find hard to describe. My rating: 5/5.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman: Meh. I appreciated that the main characters in this novel were underdogs, but other than that I was underwhelmed. I especially wasn't a fan of the ending, but I guess this must be a series, so the author had to create an opening somehow. My rating: 2/5.

Miss Perigrine's School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Despite the creepy cover and slightly scary beginning, this young adult novel turned out to be a wonderfully enjoyable fantasy. I'm looking forward to reading the second and third books in this series. I also just saw a preview of the first book coming out as a movie. Eva Green is playing one of the main characters in the movie and she is perfect for the part! My rating: 4/5.

I'm currently reading The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long.

What are you currently reading? What should I look for at the library?

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