As usual, I’ve gotten even further behind. Last weekend I was at the US Open, because a friend called and asked if I wanted to go. The answer to that question is always yes. I had a lovely time. I didn’t get any books read and the blog didn’t get updated and no laundry was done, but I had a most excellent time.
Week 9 covers February 26 – March 4. As always, your feedback is encouraged, even if it’s just to hit the like button. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – I borrowed this as an actual book from the Boston Public Library. This is a gothic retelling of Jane Eyre. In this, Jane is a bit of a monster or at least that is what she is lead to believe. Instead of humbly accepting the events around her, she rights wrongs and sticks up for the people she cares about. If a little murder happens here and there along the way, well, they had it coming, didn’t they? When the new master of her childhood home moves in and has need of a governess, Jane comes out of hiding (admittedly disguised as a governess) and seeks to discover what her rights are and what exactly was going on all those years ago in her family setting. I liked it. It was an interesting take on the original. The idea that Jane actually gets to defend herself in this version is an interesting concept. I’m giving it 4 stars.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – I bought this as an actual book. My work friends started a book club and this was the first book that they picked. The wait list was impossibly long so I just bought it. And when I was done, I gave it to my boss and we may never see it again. I swear this author got this idea from Rear Window, the old Alfred Hitchcock movie with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. But the author takes this all to a new level by making the narrator an unreliable witness. A woman, an agorophobe who takes a lot of drugs and drinks a lot, sees one of the neighbors being murdered, except the neighbors insist that the woman doesn’t exist, or at least does not live there. Anna tries to figure out the truth because she thinks she knows what she saw and no one believes her. It will totally suck you right in. I’m giving it 5 stars.
And that is it for Week 9. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions as to what I should try next.