Sunday, November 29, 2020

November 2020 Book List


 Anxious People

This book is written by one of my all time favorite authors so I had super high expectations. I have decided that I need to revisit it when I am in a different place in my life. I found it confusing and hard to follow and while some of the humor did resonate with me, I'm afraid I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for a comedy when I listened to this on Audible. I would highly recommend this or this or this book by this author though!


Murmur of Bees

This is one of the books I bought for myself recently and had some idea that I had heard something about it somewhere but couldn't put my finger on it. Oh what a lovely and beautifully written book. It is a 'magical realism' kind of story where there are obviously folk tales woven into the real story and that is exactly my favorite kind of book right now. Like a fairy tale for grown ups. I think this is the kind of story that helps me escape and feel transported to another place and time where magical things happen but they are just assumed to be real. There are deep ties to the social and cultural issues of the time and setting of the book and that makes it even better in my opinion. I couldn't put this book down!


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I purchased the Audible version of this book when I knew I would be driving a long way (and audio books are a MUST when I'm driving!) This book has recently been recommended by quite a few folks I follow on social media and I must say this didn't disappoint. The fact that it is 'historical fiction' and 'magical realism' and well written is really just my perfect combination! I love the main character and her flaws but determination to pave her own path in spite of what her family and society expect. She obviously gets into trouble but doesn't give up. She is creative and resourceful and couldn't we all use a little of that right now? I highly recommend this book!

Enjoy every story!

Diane

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your book reviews. I'm always on the lookout for a good read. (My book club members are split on Fredrik Backman. We've never picked one of his books to read and discuss because we're split about his books - some thumbs up; some thumbs down. Interesting!)

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  2. I had much the same reaction to "Anxious People." I read about 60 pages and just didn't care much about the characters. I was reading a print copy, and I'm going to give it another try on audio when that becomes available.

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