Tuesday, May 25, 2010

9. The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick John Updike
May 2010

I really enjoyed this book. At first it was hard to get into Updike's style of writing and I was a bit worried at the beginning. But as the story developed and I began to get to know each of the 3 main characters (witches), it became easier to read.

This is the first Updike book that I have read, and I'm glad that I finally got around to it. I will definitely end up reading The Widows of Eastwick, the more recent sequel to this book.

If you've never read Updike, this is a great place to start!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

8. The Help

The Help Kathryn Stockett
May 2010

I absolutely loved this book. I saw so many women reading this while I was on vacation in December. I was going to hold out until it came out in paperback, but my mom was reading it for a book club, so I borrowed it when she was done.

The more I read the more I appreciate unique story lines. The Help is one of those books that is slightly different than anything else you've read before. It reads very easily even though she uses strong southern accents throughout. Maybe even those accents are what made the book fun to read at times. You feel totally immersed in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Well written and well worth the read!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

7. The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
April 2010
Loveddd it! I was a little nervous about reading this since I have heard so many good things. Sometimes I think that puts too much pressure on me to enjoy a certain book. This time the recommendation did not fail.
I think there were a few things that made me really like this book. 1. I have never read anything with even close to the same plot line. This book is incredibly unique in that sense. 2. I tend to like books that are told from multiple perspectives, and Kingsolver does this.

Monday, March 22, 2010

6. The Yiddish Policemen's Union

The Yiddish Policeman's Union Michael Chabon
March 2010

If the length of time it took me to read this book is any indication of how much I enjoyed it, the answer should be obvious. I was really looking forward to reading a Chabon book because of all the great things I have heard, and I must say I was pretty disappointed. Perhaps its just not my favorite style of novel, or maybe it was because between the Olympics, March Madness and the overall lack of reading time I wasn't able to get fully into the book.

This is a detective novel meets extreme character development story line. One note though, I definitely did not hate it enough to never give another Chabon book a try. Perhaps I will give him another go next year.

Monday, February 8, 2010

5. Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout

February 2010

I'm slightly torn about how I feel towards this book. While I enjoyed Strout's interesting approach to telling a fictional narrative.... she tells us 13 different stories about people in a small Maine town, and each story gives us either a glimiar or a deep understand as to who Olive Kitteridge is... I think that is the only reason why I did enjoy it. Otherwise, most of the stories were quiet depressing and rarely uplifting. Although it seems hard to believe that everyone in the town has sad secrets, it probably isn't all that unlike reality. All-in-all a good book but not a very happy one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

4. Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell
January 2010

This is by far the best book that I have read in a very long time. Its one of those books that I kept passing up in the store for other things, but eventually someone at work recommended it. And I am so glad that they did.

This is the true story of a 4 man Navy SEAL team that is a on a reconnaissance mission in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan and finds themselves battling over 200 highly trained and armed Taliban fighters. It ends up being the largest loss of life for the Navy SEALs in any one combat mission. Luttrell being the only survivor of the mission.

I don't want to give away anything in the book so I'll end the synopsis there. I really recommend it to everyone. It gives you an in depth view into what many of the men and women in our armed forces are doing while in Iraq and Afghanistan. Luttrell also provides a detailed description of the process one undergoes to become a Navy SEAL. I have always had extreme respect and pride for everything that our soldiers do overseas, but some how this book seems to have strengthened those feelings.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

3. Dear John

Dear John Nicholas Sparks
January 2010

This was a book that my sister picked up to read during our vacation and I decided to read when she was done. I'm really glad I did. I have obviously read The Notebook, but for one reason or another never read another Sparks book until this one. It added a definite change of pace for me since I never read "love stories," or at least not the kind that Sparks writes.

My only complaint is that throughout the book I began to feel like a completely inadequate person. Sparks can take a character and describe all of their imperfections in a way that make them seem like a completely perfect person. My roommate set me straight we she said, "Please! You canNOT compare yourself to a Nicholas Sparks character!" haha... I guess she's right. Either way great little story, fun read, will definitely read more Sparks books!