Sorry for not posting any book reviews in about…oh, a million years (slight exaggeration). I have a few to cover so I’m just going to post quick reviews of each. Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments if you like!
This was a lovely book, well-written, well-researched. Overall it’s a little slow but makes a lot of interesting points about language and the effect it has on culture.
Liked this one. The premise was of course, very intriguing, and the characters were more flushed out and surprising than I expected based on the cover. It was funny and kept me entertained. I thought it could have been a little more nuanced, but overall I thought it was pretty good.
This I really enjoyed. A page-turner, really fun to read, full of surprises and plot twists and interesting characters. Really excited to watch the HBO adaptation.
I picked this up because I had seen that Queen Victoria statue in Hyde Park and wanted to learn more about the monarch. This book came to my attention around the same time the new biography by Julia Baird came out, so I figured I would read the fictional version first just to get the gist, before picking up the more hefty non-fiction version. I liked it but to be honest I didn’t love the writing. It was a good intro to Queen Victoria and her life, but it felt a little flat. I probably wouldn’t read another Daisy Goodwin novel.
I’m obsessed with Tana French but this wasn’t my favorite of hers. That being said, any Tana French is better than no Tana French at all! The main mystery was good, but I didn’t love the main character as much as I’ve loved her other main characters, and there was a part of the plot that just didn’t work for me. But again I stress to you that anything by Tana French is good – I just liked some others of hers better. After reading this I revisited my favorites, re-reading In the Woods, The Likeness, and Broken Harbor again – ugh, so good.
This was sort of good, sort of weird. It was unique and intriguing but I felt like I liked it less and less as it went on, so I’m on the fence as to whether I’d read another Herman Koch.
Ugh. Really don’t mean to be a jerk but this was just. So. Bad. I would be annoyed about having read it if it had taken me more than two days to get through. The writing was fine, I’ll give it that, but the plot was just so not good.
Really good, quick read – funny, well-written – like a Nora Ephron movie.
Loved this! Maria Semple is so good. This was laugh-out-loud funny and so well-written. I loved the characters and the structure of the plot, and overall I just love her writing.
A few I started and didn’t finish:
NOS4A2 – loved Horns, liked Heart-Shaped Box, and just couldn’t get into this one…though honestly I might go back and finish it at some point.
Alexander Hamilton – really good and really interesting, but I downloaded it on Audible and had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters – I think I’d need to read this in print so I could flip back and remember who’s who.
She’s Come Undone – I got decently far into this and just really wasn’t enjoying it. What am I missing? I know some people love it (Oprah, for example :).
The Girl Before – got this as a galley PDF and it was just so far-fetched and seemed really contrived…didn’t see it getting any better so I dropped it.
You Will Know Me – really didn’t like the writing style and the story wasn’t grabbing me.