3 Books and a Quick Look
I wanted to read some light and fast words over my vacation days. Here is an update on the 3 books that I consumed and my thoughts about each one. I think I will call these mini-reviews!
HANDLE WITH CARE ~Jodi Picoult
This was our January book group selection and because it was longer than the other two, it was a good read to curl up with while the family was skiing and just fully enjoy a reading day by the fire. This book is an excellent ethical study using the mode of fictional storytelling to get the reader to deeply think about an issue and how it affects a life and a community.
A family is blest with a beautiful baby girl, which they truly wanted and love. This new baby has a debilitating disease – in this case it is brittle bone syndrome. The story takes one through the community’s response, the family’s struggles and pulls in the broader legal and legislative issues through secondary characters and the movement of the story line. The financial difficulties are not glossed over nor are the individual family members and their emotions ignored. It is a story that provokes many emotions to surface and it is very well written.
5 Ladybug rating
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD ~Jennifer Egan
An online book reviewer that I usually think has great taste, listed this book in her top 5 for 2010. I’m game for a book about the promotion of music from the early days of rock and roll to the future. I would count this as one of the worst books I have ever read. One of the main characters remained a mystery woman right to the very end as she appeared and disappeared without as much as a comma. The men were just bling characters with insatiable addictions to drugs, alcohol, abusing women and oral sex. The transitions in this book were so jumpy and radical I was thinking they were intentional, but with so few folks into reading these days, I would define them as a mistake. The female characters were all, without exception maimed in some way and were definitely suffering from at least one disorder, not to mention too incompetent to ever use the word NO or think for themselves. Even the female toddlers at the end of the story were thought to be incomplete and lacking in educability. I was appalled by the degradation of women in this book and I would discourage my grown children from reading this book as it was just tasteless and boring exploitation. Yes, I do realize that tasteless and exploiting along with addiction and hedonism are all connected to the music industry and promoters, but the story did not grow out of that into a full story or a useful story with good characterizations. I kept reading because one of the characters revealed some remarkable and noteworthy writing skill and that skill was what kept me reading the whole and not just wishing I had not purchased a copy.
THE HATING GAME by Talli Roland
This was the most fun adventure in reading I have had in a long time. I just came across this book on a post by Hilary at Positive Letters
The book was to be published first on KINDLE and then in hard copy and the blogging world in the UK was all set to push this book the moment it was released. I bought my copy right away and added to the frenzy which put the book onto the KINDLE best seller list in just a matter of hours.
And just what did I get for my $2.99; I got one of the most delightful reads I have experienced in a long, long time. It was a great spoof on reality TV shows, on romance novels, and thirty somethings. I enjoyed the stops around London and the countryside and bantering friend’s conversations. Insights into what the characters were thinking was just so true about how we try to second guess and get confused and distracted by our thoughts.
The author kept it simple and delightful and a chuckle just kept popping up to the surface. Start to finish took me one long day and I felt a sense of refreshment and just let the fun overlap into my next activity.
5 laughing ladybugs
Okay now it is your turn did you read something that was just pure pleasure to celebrate a vacation? Or the holiday? Book, blog, magazine article, news item? Hoping you’ll share and let us know if it tickled your funny bone or made you pause and wonder? I always just love to hear what you have to say…
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