As we head into Fall I just want to give a quick recap of the books I slowly got through this past spring and summer. Some were really good and some I would have been fine not reading. My two favorites by far were Beautiful Ruins and The Silver Star. I love reading and I love how absorbed I can get in a story. I like books just as much as I like watching movies but books require a longer time investment, so I have to be picky about what to read. So, listed below are the books I read in order from my most to least favorite.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins is one of my new favorite novels. I was completely engrossed in the story as it wound through several different characters’ lives beautifully.The moral of the story is todo what is right, even if it just means taking each day at a time in order to do it.
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
I became a big fan of Jeanette Walls after reading The Glass Castle. The Silver Star was also very good. A lot of Walls’s material comes from her unconventional, highly dysfunctional upbringing. Her books are centered around her family however crazy they may be. I’m already looking forward to reading her next piece of work.
Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Disaster by Christina Lauren
A few months after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I found another good sexytime author, Christina Lauren. First, I read Beautiful Bastard and it was really good, so then I read her second novel in the series, Beautiful Disaster. I think I might have actually liked it better than Fifty Shades because a) I’m not really into the whole BDSM thing and b) I like the females protagonists in Lauren’s novels because they’re smart and the opposite of timid and meek Ana.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
Nate Piven is a writer living in Brooklyn. To be straight-forward, he is a pretentious snob who is very concerned about his own success but also just as concerned about how others perceive him. I did like this novel, but I have to admit that I had to look up a vocab work like every other page. I applaud Waldman for convincingly writing the novel in first person as a dude. The message takeaway from this novel is thatthe one you connect with or understand the most isn’t necessarily the one things will work out with.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger’s Wifeis set in an unnamed Balkan country, in the present and half a century ago, and features a youngdoctor’s relationship with her grandfather and the stories he tells her, primarily about the ‘deathless man’ who meets him several times in different places and never changes, and a deaf-mute girl from his childhood village who befriends a tiger that has escaped from a zoo (Wikipedia). At some points I was really into the novel, and other times I was ready to abandon it. Overall, it was good, but I wouldn’t choose to read it again.
Drown was decent but it was not as good as The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which is one of my favorite novels. Diaz has adistinct writing style and pulls his material from his Hispanic upbringing. The recurring themes in Diaz’s work is similar to Walls which gives them a strong writer’s voice, but at the same time, it makes you wonder if they can branch out a bit more.