January Book ReviewsBook Reviews
Thanks in part to a lovely week on vacation, I got a ton of reading done in January! As usual, it’s a mixed bag, and as always I would love to hear your opinions on any of these reviews! And don’t forget to leave a comment with what you’re reading or any recommendations!
If you’ve been reading my book reviews for a while you’ll already know that I’m not a Hemingway fan. I realize that that’s anathema to most of the literary community, but I just can’t get into his stream-of-consciousness writing style. This book was gifted to me, so I read it. It did not change my opinion. It was better than To Have and Have Not, but I just couldn’t get into any of the characters. The only part I really got invested in was the last chapter, which broke my damn heart. The most positive recommendation I can give this book is that it’s the best from Hemingway that I’ve read. He’s just not really my jam.
I can’t remember how many books of Picoult’s I’ve read, but I know I’ve loved almost all of them. This one is no exception. It’s a gripping story of a girl coming of age during a time of tragedy, and how single decisions can alter the course of your life. As the title suggests, the theme of Dante’s Inferno is weaved throughout the story. It’s a very unique book, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend it!
Wow. This is one of those rare books where no review, no matter how eloquent and complimentary, can come even close to doing the book justice. Not only is the story an incredibly compelling and heart-breaking look into the realities of slavery in the South, but the author’s command of the language is astonishing. The prose is refined, but readable, even during those portions written in the African vernacular. What was perhaps most intriguing to me is that the author manages to make her own stance on every situation clear without writing in the first person. You can just feel her values through her writing. Truly, this is a remarkable book and everyone should read it.
This book is exactly why Mary Higgins Clark is such a celebrated author. It’s a total page-turner, and I got less sleep then I planned on a couple of nights because I just couldn’t put it down. It’s not as suspenseful as some of her books, but it does surprise you and I really enjoy that. Just when I think I’ve got it figured out everything turns around! Give this one a read…it’s perfect for a plane ride or day at the beach.
To be quite honest, the only reason I read this book is because I’ve heard so much positive hype about the show. I have a policy of always reading the book first, and if I love the book I never watch the movies/shows because it ruins it for me. (This is why I’ve never seen a Harry Potter film.) I’ll have no issue watching The Handmaid’s Tale on television, however, because I didn’t much care for the book. The theme was reminiscent of books like 1984, but despite the circumstances I just never could get connected to the main character. Hopefully the show is better!