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I just finished this one. I also guessed the big secret early on. But I have to say that I found every character in the book really annoying. The things they did (and didn't) do advanced the plot but it was all so stupid. "Oh, I just couldn't tell you (even though it was absolutely inevitable that you were going to find out anyway and be REALLY ANGRY that I didn't tell you sooner)."I have just finished reading The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson...
I guessed/figured out the big secret early on. but it's more about the emotional journey of the heroine getting there herself.
Yeah, I don't get it. A friend of mine is in a book club and her group liked it so much they've decided to read it again because it is so beautiful.It's not, IMHO. Majorly overrated book.
I didn't mind it, actually. I found it quick and easy to read with an interesting story, but it was full of flaws and I'll never be convinced that it's a beautiful piece of literature.I'm also probably going to give up on Where the Crawdads Sing, as I'm several chapters in and just can't get into it and the reviews here aren't convincing me it's worth it to stick with it.
I finally broke my streak of not finishing books with this one. I thought it was interesting and a quick read but I felt like it kind of ended in the middle of the story without really wrapping things up.I'll be interested what you think of the book - I read it earlier this year.
Very fast read. I actually wish it had been a bit longer as I felt like some of the stories could have been fleshed out a bit more. I felt like we were just getting to know a character and then they were gone. But I guess that is the point of it.If you are looking for a fast, interesting read, check out Turbulence. It's about 12 flights (it ends up going around the world) and the people who interact on the flight, or in relation to someone on the previous flight. I read it in about an hour.
That was the first Ware book I read, already. I enjoyed howThe other book that I tried to get through but just ran out of time was Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key. It was not bad and the only book of the ones I didn't finish that I put back on hold at the library so that I can finish. But it didn't make me feel like I want to read any more of her books either. I probably would have been fine if I'd totally passed on it, but since I did start it, I'd like to finish.
I just downloaded it from audible. Rumor has it that Jefferson Mays, who has replaced Rene Auberjonois as the narrator is very good.The new Pendergast is out. While I like that they've returned to Pendergast solving the mystery, why, do they insist on keeping Constance around? This one is very curious and set on Sanibel Island in Florida. Interesting supporting characters, except for the whole Constance thing and they brought back Roger Smithback (Bill Smithback's brother if you've followed all the series).
I really enjoyed the storytelling and characters, although it got a little hard to keep track of who was who. As if the author got SO involved in each individual character that she forgot the structure of her own book and had to pull it together hastily at the end. Still recommend! I would welcome another look at several of the characters in this one.I'm so looking forward to that book, am #103 waiting for 63 copies, so it shouldn't be long.
Oh, ha, I just went back and we already discussed it. Apparently I was considering taking it off my list after your faint praise. Well, it's here now and doesn't look too long so I'll give it a try. Although the GF has a book she finished that she loved so I might just try that one instead (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong)
I'm in the middle of this one now and really enjoying it. I agree about how funny and self-deprecating it is. Lots of dry British humour in there that sometimes I miss on the first read of the sentence and have to go back and reread to realize what he really said.I am almost finished the autobiography by Elton John "ME". I would highly recommend it. He is much funnier than I imagined and so much of it is self deprecating. He is not above a few catty remarks and spills the beans on others a bit but not mean spirited or malicious - at least that was how I saw it. We know so much of the story of his life but it is nice to read it from his point of view of experiencing it.
Not really a short book but one I read recently or reread and forgot about was The Testament by John Grisham. My husband had recommended one of his newer books to me but I got mixed up and got this older one - written over ten years ago, I believe. Anyway, I had given up on Mr. Grisham but I really enjoyed this book. It is a legal drama but involves a big adventure and a number of times I laughed out loud at his cast of characters and their antics. I was sorry when I finished it.I read News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It's set in Texas during Reconstruction and is about a man who purchases newspapers in Dallas who then travels to small towns, booking halls and reading the news to the paying guests. But then he is asked to deliver a recovered Kiowa captive back to her relatives, and the story tells of his time as caretaker to this 10-year-old child.This is a heartwarming read, and handles the issues of reintegrating a child captive into white society sensitively. It's also almost too good with the virtuous Captain Kidd functioning as the male equivalent of the manic pixie dream girl. But I liked it anyway!
I'm reading Anna Karenina right now, which is very good. But I am desperately in need of something light after I finish this. And modern. And short. Much, much, shorter. Any recommendations?