I got a bit behind in my blogging and book reviewing. You know, life got in the way. But, I am back baby!
I thought I would do a few posts with some mini-reviews of the books that I read over the summer.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
I picked this book up on my first foray to the local library. It got a lot of press and was on a bunch of ‘must read’ lists for the summer. So I figured, why not.
The story is about Gold family, who live in New York City. When they were kids, the 4 Gold children hear about a travelling psyhcic who claims to be able to tell you the date you will die. They go and visit. They don’t really talk about it. Naturally they are skeptical.
This story is about what happens when you know when your last day on earth will be. Will you live life to the fullest? Will you buy into the date and make sure it’s your last day?
I liked this book. It definitely kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next. It was a bit sad, I mean, the book basically deals with the imminent death of the characters. However, it was well written and engaging.
I rated it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell
As my husband says, this was what was advertised on the tin. When you pick up a Jill Mansell book you are looking for an easy and fun read. This is what you get here.
For me, it ended up being about friendships – unlikely friendships – and how important it is to have a support system.
It was fun and entertaining. If you are looking for light and fun, this is a read for you.
I rated it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
I had read another novel of hers, The Interestings, and enjoyed it. So I thought I would pick this one up at the local library. Also, there was a lot..A LOT of press and stuff about this when it was released.
So I struggled a bit with this book. I mean, I liked it. I think that it was an interesting premise. But somehow I felt sort of manipulated by the plot. I don’t really know how to explain it other than that.
The book is about what it means to be a feminist, about the dangers of idolizing people and how to find your way in the world. There were parts that were insightful. But there were parts that seemed typical.
I think it’s worth a read.
I rated this 4/5 stars on Goodreads.