Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Reading List


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I listened to this book on CD and honestly, I think I'm a fairly well educated, socially aware person, but this book stunned me. It stunned me in that it is true, there are people who live like this even today in the United States. I knew that on an intellectual level, but seeing it through this girl's experience was both heart breaking and unbelievable. It's a well told story of survival and beating all the odds. There are some good and kind people in her life, but they were unable or unwilling to pull her from the chaos of her home created by her father's mental illness (my opinion). I highly recommend it, but it isn't an easy story to digest.



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I saw this on the library 'recommended' shelf and picked it up because of the cover. I liked the story very much but I would have preferred a few hundred more pages. I felt like there was some 'glossing over' of things that could have been explored in much more detail. The writing is beautiful and it's very sad that the author passed away. I am certain he would have written more amazing books. I recommend this book highly.


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I randomly found this book on the 'featured' shelves near the door. It's historical fiction, how could I go wrong? After staying up way too late several nights in a row, I'm hooked. It's a story that pulled me in immediately. I like the way it bounces back and forth between current day and the past. I also like how the characters are connected. Each one is developed in a way that is easy to relate to, even though they are very different. If you like historical fiction, or mystery, or adventure, this book is for you!


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I hadn't planned on reading another WWII book so soon but this book on CD was sitting on the featured shelf when I walked into the library. I have heard so much about it that I picked it up. It has been haunting me when I'm not listening to it in the car. I like the main character and his voice (the way he tells his story) but there have been a couple of times that something seemed a bit off. I think if I had the print version of the book I could easily flip back and check, but listening to the CD I can't. I highly recommend this book, but it's probably better to read than listen to. Just my opinion!


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In spite of all of the talk about this author and several of her popular books in past few years, I just hadn't read any of them. I don't know why. I am listening to this book on CD in the car. I like the story very much and the main character is one that I can't help but cheer on. She's young and naive but strong and determined. I haven't finished the book yet, but based on what I've heard so far, I would recommend it. It's an interesting story line with a variety of characters facing life choices. 


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I'm not sure why it's been so long since I've read an Anne Tyler book. I love her writing and her characters are just odd enough that they are people you imagine actually meeting in life. This book is no exception and I like the 'time hop' effect of the progression of the book. I highly recommend anything written by this author.

What have you been reading so far this year?

Enjoy every book!

Diane

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7 comments:

  1. Educated was unreal. Yes the fathers mental issues (which are not his fault) were compounded the Mothers unwillingness to take care of her children and to obey him. As a woman, wife and mother I just can't imagine it.

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  2. I just finished The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman and cannot recommend it enough! I try to stick to a regular bedtime but this book kept me up later than usual several nights.
    Thanks for your reviews!

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  3. I haven't read any of these, but have several of them on my to read list. I just finished Birds in the Air by Frances McDowell and I'm reading Olive Kittredge now.
    Pat

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  4. I have read Educated and found it almost unbelievable that it was true. It does show that even one person who can walk beside you in life can make a big difference. I am on the list at the library for Tattoist of Auschwitz so hopefully it will be my turn soon.

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  5. I’m about 75% of the way through Educated now, having been on the library waiting list For.Ev.Er. (And this was the second time - it came up for me last summer after I’d just gotten back from Africa. It took me two weeks to reassimilate after the trip, and in the meantime the book moved on). I know that part of Idaho fairly well, having lived there from 1978-1983. That people like this still exist is not surprising to me. However, I am surprised and saddened that kids can fall through the cracks so easily. As for Anne Tyler, I’ve never been able to finish one of her books. Her writing style grates on me, and often I just want to slap her whiney female characters upside the head! But I always love your book posts and add any new possibilities to my list. Thanks!

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  6. I truly enjoy your book reviews! Possibly because I haven't picked up a novel in quite some time and I love hearing about what is new and interesting.

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  7. I put 'Educated' on my list. It looks good and your recommendations are always spot on. I've read the last 4...all good. Love Meg Wolitzer and of course Williams/Willig/White have done well on the couple of books they've collaborated on! Thanks!

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