The Year in Books – April 2015

Oh dear.  March came and went and no new book to add.  It took me forever to read American Gods ~ and not because I did not enjoy it.  I did.  I just couldn’t seem to read more than a page or three at a time.  And I don’t think this is the type of book that you should take long breaks reading!  There were times I got confused in the story and had to go back.  Once I got a rhythm going, I was better able to keep up with the many characters and storylines that popped up suddenly.  I found myself thinking:  What? a few times!  It was WEIRD.  But in a good way!  Would I recommend it to just anyone? No.   Am I glad my niece recommended it to me?  Absolutely.  I may even read it again at another time in my life where I can give it my full attention.   I actually understood more of it when I read others’ critiques of the book!  Not a good sign, I would think…  I didn’t fully grasp the war between the Old gods and the New gods until I read someone’s comment and a light bulb went on.  D’oh.  Again, I think it may have not been the best book for me at this time in my life.  I consider myself a rather intelligent woman and don’t enjoy the feeling of not quite being sure I “get” it.

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After reading something that required more than the attention I was willing/able to give, I am returning to a favourite author, Jodi Picoult.  This one was suggested by both of my sisters and a niece.  Lone Wolf would not necessarily have ended up in my hands otherwise.  Then again, it probably would have eventually as I am never disappointed by Ms Picoult’s offerings and figure I will read them all.  She does a lot of research on her subjects and has a way with telling both sides of a story that just draws me in every time.  Why else would I want to read a story of a man brought up by wolves?

 

 

The Year In Books – February 2015

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Already mid-February and only now am I posting my February read?  Sheesh…

I only read in bits and spurts last month so it took me forever to read a most enjoyable book.  Kind of sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it?  Well, it is what it is!  I basically read before bed so a chapter or three per night does not make for a fast read, no matter how good a book is!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was suggested to me by my niece, Jennifer.  And a good suggestion it was!  As I was reading the story, the description of the circus and the people involved in its creation I could not help wishing it were a possibility in real life!

Imagine a circus that appears suddenly, is set up without your knowing it and is only open from sunset to sunrise.  The whole set-up is black and white: from the performers to the tents to the rest of the décor.  After a few nights (it is never really specified just how long it stays in one area), it disappears.  This circus is particularly magical as all the acts are real and not mere illusions.

Two magicians have each taken a student under their wing to teach them all they know.  What the students don’t realise is they are part of a challenge.  They don’t even know what it is nor who their opponent is until they fall in love with each other.

I shall not say more as to say too much is to ruin it for others!  I truly enjoyed it.

My February choice was also suggested (and the book supplied) by said niece.   We have been bonding lately (which is simply marvellous) and it’s nice to be able to discuss a book with a fellow reader.   We’ve yet to fully discuss The Night Circus but we will!  American Gods is my choice this month because for some reason, every where I look, I see the name Neil Gaiman!  He must be a “go-to” writer, lately.  A number of his books are on many of my Goodreads friends’ lists.  I see his name everywhere I turn.  I’ve no idea what it’s about and no one has told me a thing so let’s see where this takes me!