Week 8 – 2017

I have a serious reading hangover. I finished 4 books this weekend. I’m taking a break to watch Batteries Not Included. I love this movie. I haven’t seen it in years. Week 8 covers February 20 – 26. As always, feedback is encouraged.

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the Boston Public Library. This author’s books all seem to deal with mental illness. Apparently I read another of his books almost exactly a year previously, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. This is quite good, however, it took me a while not to feel like the narrator was pretty annoying. I did enjoy it overall. I’m giving it 3 stars.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This one deals with some tough subjects and is not for the feint of heart. In a way, it reminds me of Salvage the Bones. In this one, a gator wrestling theme park is struggling to survive after its lead performer has died. The family is quickly spiraling out of control when a new park opens nearby. The brother leaves, the father heads to the mainland, the sister has an affair with a ghost and runs off with him to commit suicide, and the narrator goes off in the swamp with a seriously shady dude. To see how it all turns out, you will have to read it. I’m giving it 4 stars.

 

Soulless by Gail Carriger – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is Parasol Protectorate #1. The book opens with Alexia being attacked by a vampire. Thankfully, she is more than capable of protecting herself. The leader of the werewolves comes to investigate. If you like books about vampires and werewolves, I definitely recommend this. Actually, I just borrowed the second in the series because talking about it made me want to read the next one. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Island by Aldous Huxley – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This kept appearing on lists of dystopian fiction. It was interesting. It’s more or less a social commentary. Thankfully it wasn’t very long. I’m giving it 2 stars.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I was on hold and had to wait for this for a long time. It was well worth the wait. A little girl’s grandmother has died and as her last wish, she has to deliver her messages. Each letter leads Elsa to a new discovery and new friendships. This was excellent. I’m giving it 4 stars.

I nearly forgot to finish this post. Anyway, there it is. Let me know what you think or if there are any books that you recommend.

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