Saturday, January 24, 2009

This Week’s Reading List: A Mini-Review

Without giving the stories away, here are my brief reactions to the books I read this week (posted here) and my advice on whether to purchase a copy or seek it at your local library. If you prefer a more-detailed description of each book, you can click on the links.

I’ll preface my mini-review by stating my opinion matters to me but may not to anyone else. It’s always best to make your own judgment as each reader discovers something different in a book pertinent to their own frame of reference.
  • The Last Lecture: Inspiring; do a good deed and buy a copy, then pass it along to someone else as I’ve done.

  • The End of the Alphabet: While the premise was good, I felt a bit let down at the end as though the story was incomplete—which is pretty much the point of the book. I’ve not come to terms yet with how I feel about it. Check it out at your library.

  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks: Both authors are famous and purportedly amazing wordsmiths. I don’t presume to be as clever as they profess to be but will say this book is just plain weird. Don’t bother buying it or even checking it out at your library.

  • 7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club): When I found this book at the library, I had no idea whatsoever that one of the characters would be named “Junie Moon”. The book is a quick and enjoyable read; look on the shelves of your local library.

  • I always end up at appointments or classes too early, so I’m taking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo along to Tai Chi this morning as I’m almost done reading it. Therefore, I haven’t an opinion right now.

Next week’s stack is ready to go and, if I run out, more books are on standby.


Bonnie said...

Hey Junie:
Interesting assortment of "reads" last week. I must say, you have an eclectic taste!!
I probably wouldn't have read several -- James Patterson drives me absolutely MAD, with his 2-1/2 page chapters. AAAUUUUUUGGGGGHHHH!!!
Onward you go -- I love having a quasi-personal book reviewer!!
Bonnie said...

Wow, I'm impressed with the variety of topics you covered, great selection. I really want to jump into The Last Lecture but I don't handle sad things very well. I keep going back and forth on that one while I work my courage up! =)

Storybook Woods said...

Junie Moon, they are copying you. Clarice

Thimbleanna said...

That's so funny to have a Junie Moon character in a book you read. That's like the time I was reading aloud to my boys and the characters in the book said what day it was and it was the exact day that I was reading to them -- we were very excited!!!

Weeks Ringle said...

I couldn't put down The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, although it went in a direction I had not expected. One of the most interesting parts of it I thought were the vast cultural differences between where I live and the people in that book. It was really eye-opening but I don't plan to move to Sweden anytime soon. I am, however, looking forward to the sequel due in bookstores this summer.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for the follow up reviews as I was curious as to what you would think of the Burrough/Kerouac book! My daughter is a big fan of both writers, as she was a philosophy major in college, and she took some special courses on "the beat" writers, as they both known under that classification. I tried to read books by both authors and found them very strange also! I think you need a background in existentialism to understand them. Not exactly light reading! Give me Patterson anytime!

If you like cut and dry endings don't read McCarthy's "The Road" because it really doesn't have an ending ...but I think the author did that to allow you to come to your own conclusion. It is the type of book that creates such intense inner visualization that I think he ends it vaguely so you can make up the ending you desire with out his giving you least that is how I felt. I wanted a good ending so I came to that conclusion. I do believe that is why the movie based on the book is stuck in post production, however, as the screening audiences want a solid ending. I do appreciate a book that makes me think and ponder, and that book did that for me.

Happy reading of this week's book stack, Junie Moon! :-) What fun to find your blog nickname as a novel's protagonist!

Trailing Mira said...

Literally just finished The Last Lecture last night.... stayed up late to read the last few dozen pages --- and cried my little heart out for a few good minutes before drifting off to sleep. All is good though -- it was a nice, thoughtful read :)