A recent Facebook post by my sister Madeline:
So for the class I’m taking, I have to write a 5-page review of a book! A book review should be 5 sentences, NOT five PAGES!! Bring on the B.S, I suppose…
Earlier this month, she’d posted:
Finished: The End Of Your Life Book Club By Will Schwalbe. I really liked it. Am now reading : Round House by Louise Erdrich – only a chapter or so in and also really like! Not officially summer yet but let the reading begin!!
A blogger I follow, Grandmalin, recently wrote short reviews of books she didn’t care for that much. Reading her pithy descriptions, I got a good idea about the books.
I’m not a big fan of long book reviews. A line or two about the plot usually can tell me whether it’s for me. Sometimes I read a book because I’ve read the author before, but that’s no guarantee I’ll like the next book.
Here’s some titles that might interest you:
Tom’s River by Dan Fagin. Science, journalism, history, Cancer clusters, politics. Every New Jersey resident should read this – and anyone concerned about industrial waste and political cover-ups. (non-fiction)
My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel by Robin Oliveira. Midwifery & romance in the Civil War, medical history and some graphic descriptions of surgery. Great read.
The Seventh Gate by Richard Zimler. A German girl befriends Jews and other outcasts in pre-war Germany. Strange romance yet compelling.
The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien. Grandson of J.R.R. (Lord of the Rings, etc.). British murder-mystery, secret codes and medieval artifacts. We listened to this on audio- 10 CDs- perfect for the drive to and from Ohio. Terrific story, read by the author.
Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist by Harriet Hyman Alonso. The guy who gave the world Wizard of Oz, Finian’s Rainbow, and hundreds of songs. Delightful portrait. I read it on my ebook.
Started but dropped:
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Maybe I’d had enough of this time period. Dull.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I’ve read lots of her books and have liked many, though she does seem a bit formulaic. This one, her first one involving a Holocaust survivor and former SS officer in hiding, didn’t work for me.
City of Women by David R. Gillham. His debut novel set in wartime Berlin. Recommended by local bookstore.
My iPad mini by Gary Rosenqweig. Picked it up at Costco. Hopefully will help me navigate the device so I do more than read or play Scrabble.
Happy Summer Reading! What’s on your list?