This was another group of books mailed to me from my friend who had the idea of a book exchange. We have started mailing books we’ve read back and forth. It’s been a great way to stay in touch with a friend and sometimes get pushed out of book reading comfort zone.
If you’ve read any of these I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Also tell me about what you are reading now. Anything good?
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Rachel Childs was an up and coming journalist until she had a meltdown on air, afterwards becoming agoraphobic. She does have a strong and supportive husband who slowly helps her get out of the house and overcome her fears. And that’s how Rachel stumbles upon finding out that her husband is leading a double life. Or is she just paranoid? And so begins the many twists and turns of her trying to figure out what is reality and the truth.
Since We Fell is on so many book lists, but for me it was like the other thrillers I’ve read recently. It is a page turner, and I did enjoy it. I wasn’t blown away though. I’m thinking this just isn’t my genre.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Starting a new school is hard. Add having facial abnormalities and having been home-schooled up till now, and it’s even harder. Each chapter in this book is told from the perspective of a different character unfolding the story of a brave 10-year-old boy, August Pullman. Some chapters were even told from the point of view of minor characters that I just knew were not going to add much to the story. I was wrong. Even these minor character’s outlooks enriched the book, which now I realize is kind of the point. This kid touches everyone’s lives around him.
It took me 2 or 3 times picking this up before I actually let myself start it. I knew it would be good, but I knew it would be emotional. I had to get in the right head space for it. It is a kids chapter book, but it had me smiling and weeping throughout. It’s for sure going on the list of books to read aloud with my kids. I also watched the movie after, and it’s one of the rare ones that does the book justice.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Jojo is a thirteen year old boy living with his toddler sister in present day Mississippi. His unloving mother comes in and out of their lives inconsistently, and their father is in prison. They are being raised and well cared for though by their grandparents. The book tells the history of this family while Jojo’s parents are poorly attempting to piece their lives together.
After I finished the book I read some reader reviews on it. The 1 star rankings didn’t make it past the first chapter. I thought this was interesting because I was hooked after the first chapter. That chapter, and the rest of the book really, was intense and sad but beautifully written. The love and admiration Jojo has for his grandfather jumped off the pages and filled my heart.
There is a supernatural slant that made me feel conflicted about portions, but these were also the parts I’ve thought most about. I can’t say with a definite yes or no if I liked Sing, Unburied, Sing. I can say it’s been on my mind long after I’ve finished it.
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