Sunday, May 3, 2009
TSS - monthly wrap-up
Is anyone else shocked at how fast this year has flown by? I can't believe we are already in May! Here's a look at what I've been reading during the month of April - some hits, some misses, but generally a good month.
Good Book by David Plotz - this was an interesting idea - a man reads the Hebrew Bible from cover to cover for the first time - that just stalled out for me by the end. Finished 4/9/09, rated 6/10. (My review of Good Book)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway - so far, the best book of the year for me. This was a beautiful and moving story of the ways people learn to cope with war. Highly recommended. Finished 4/16/09, rated 10/10. (My thoughts on The Cellist of Sarajevo)
The Believers by Zoe Heller - a book which was probably done a disservice by being the first I read after Cellist of Sarajevo, this was a novel that was beautifully written, but with characters so awful I couldn't enjoy it. Finished 4/17/09, rated 5/10. (My review of The Believers)
Deep Night by Caroline Petit - an interesting espionage novel set in WWII Hong Kong, but I never felt connected to the heroine. Finished 4/18/09, rated 6/10. (My review of Deep Night)
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - award winning novel about the birth of a young man, and the birth of modern India, this would have been better for me with more knowledge of Indian history. Finished 4/23/09, rated 6/10. (My review of Midnight's Children)
The Noticer by Andy Andrews - a pleasant but not especially life-changing inspirational novel about a man who notices things others miss. Finished 4/20/09, rated 7/10. (My review of The Noticer)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Quite excellent YA novel about what pushes a young woman to commit suicide. Highly recommended. Finished 4/21/09, rated 9/10. (My review of Thirteen Reasons Why)
Incantation by Alice Hoffman - interesting YA historical novel about a Jewish community in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Finished 4/21/09, rated 7/10. (review forthcoming)
The Silent Note by Patrick Davis - somewhat bland novel about a man who finds a secret box hidden in his dead wife's piano. Finished 4/23/09, rated 6/10. (review forthcoming)
Family Plots by Mary Patrick Kavanaugh - autobiographical novel about a woman and her shady new husband, this perfectly illustrates the idea that love is blind. Finished 4/30/09, rated 6/10. (review forthcoming)
Rachel's Tears by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott - journal entries and memories of one of the victims of the Columbine school shooting. Finished 4/30/09, rated 7/10. (My review of Rachel's Tears)
It seems like I read quite a few books this month that were just okay, but The Cellist of Sarajevo and Thirteen Reasons Why made up for any lack of excitement. Time to focus on the month ahead - lots of great books to be reading!