Week 2 – 2018

I’m never going to get caught up if I don’t actually post anything. I beg for your forgiveness if I have actually forgotten some of these. I read a lot, quickly, and some books are more memorable than others. As always, your feedback is encouraged, whatever it might be. Week 2 covers January 8 – 14.

Death in Veracruz by Héctor Aguilar Camín – I received this as an actual book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was pretty good. I learned a lot about the political climate and culture of Mexico during the 1970s. It tells the story of a group of friends. One is a reporter. One is a politician. And one is a wife. It’s about how their lives are intertwined and how one thing that happens to one of them affects the others. Sort of. I may not be doing this much justice. It’s interesting. Especially not knowing anything about Mexico in the 1970s. Also, I took this book on so many airplanes in the hope that I would actually be forced to read it. It went to Iceland, Denmark, and Baltimore. And finally, I started it in Maryland. I’m giving it 3 stars.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I definitely liked this, but I had it figured out too early. I kept hoping that I was wrong. I still genuinely liked this book, however. It is set up as a novel within a novel. The main character is a novelist, writing a romantic suspense novel, which is a murder mystery with sex scenes, in case you are unfamiliar with this genre. The author is struggling to write a new novel while her private life is in a bit of turmoil. The fictional character has just had a baby and has stumbled upon her husband having an affair. The stories run weirdly parallel and it is almost easy to forget which character is narrating. I’m sure that was done on purpose, though I thought it sort of ruined the big reveal in the author’s story. And that probably is a spoiler, but there you go. I’m giving it 3 stars.

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau – I received this as an actual book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was a really cute story. Rosalie is an artist and the owner of a postcard store in Paris. Max, a celebrated children’s book author, asks her to illustrate his last book. After it is published, an American, Robert, wanders past her store, sees the book, and threatens to sue. This is definitely chick-lit. If that’s your thing, I definitely recommend this. I’m giving this one 4 stars.

 

 

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is Dark Iceland #1. I put this on hold back in October when I was getting ready for my trip to Iceland. I have no idea why it takes so long to get books from the BPL these days. Are people actually reading more than they used to, or are they hoarding books that they’ll never finish within the 14 day loan period? I would really like to know. Maybe we have non-Massachusetts residents using our library system because we have better stuff. If you come here and pay sales tax, that’s cool, but otherwise, it’s kind of a jerk move. How is that for going off on a rant and not actually talking about the book? I really liked this book. I would read more of them, even if I had to wait on hold for several months to get a copy. I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book was amazing. It tells the story of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford at the beginning of the silent film era. It tells of their struggles, not just personally, but as women in a male dominated industry back in an era when it was uncommon for women to work outside the home. This is particularly timely due to the circumstances that have come to light about the treatment of women in the current film industry. This was well written and I definitely learned a lot about the early film industry. I highly recommend this one. I’m giving it 5 stars.

And that’s it. Another week with 5 books. Can you tell that I hibernate in the winter? Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions about what I should read next.

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