Time for another book update post! I actually read a lot over the last month because the books were short.
The Woodcutter – by Kate Danley.
I really, really enjoyed this book. A very unique twist of Grimm’s fairy tales. It’s the story of all fairy tales through the point of view of the woodcutter. He is the protector of the woods and the fairy tales start going wrong. It starts with Cinderella being killed and the woodcutter needs to find out who is interfering. A bit of a murder mystery with a touch of fae. There is a lot of good imagery in it. It took me a few chapters to warm to it, but then I had trouble putting it down. If you have a soft spot for fairy tales, you will enjoy this book.
Borrowed from Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
The Golem and the Jinni – by Helene Wecker
I LOVED this book! Loved it! I can’t believe this is a debut book by this author, either. It is the story of 2 mythological figures. One is a golem who is brought to life, but her master is killed. The other is a Jinni (kind of a genie), who is a fire spirit who gets trapped in human form. They end up in NYC in the old immigrant neighborhoods and eventually meet. What I love about this book is all of the layers of story. A golem’s sole purpose in life is to obey a master, so there is much analogy with free will and going against your nature. The jinni is more the opposite as a selfish free spirit caged and working for others. Their struggle to find where they fit in is so very well written. Then there were the humans that they interacted with, only a very few who knew their true nature, and how they dealt with it. I was sad when this book finished. This is easily now my favorite book that I have read all year. Borrowed from my library. Go read it now!
The Dinner – Herman Koch.
I can’t understand why this book is an international best seller. It does seem similar to Gone Girl – and I hated that book, so maybe why I disliked this one so much?
None of the characters are likable at all, which isn’t a total necessity to liking a book, but they are very disturbing and don’t do anything that makes you want to root for them.
I think the premise of the book is a bit odd as well. The book is about 2 sets of parents (2 of them brothers), who meet at a 5 star restaurant to discuss the futures of their respective sons, who have committed a very bad deed. Why on earth you would go to a 5 star restaurant to discuss this is probably what bothers me the most. Would you not want to do this in private?
The other part was how the narrator would leave out information and say “but I don’t need to tell you ____ because that is too much information and you can figure it out”. Like the naming of restaurants, parks, schools, the illness his wife had in the past. I don’t get that. When he comes out and describes other things that you would think he wouldn’t want to admit to rather than something so pedestrian as a restaurant. Anyway, I kept waffling about finishing this book and then went ahead hoping it would get better, which it didn’t. Borrowed from my library.
I Could Pee on This
This was a cute little collection of poems told from a cat’s point of view. Also lots of cat pictures. Not too much to say other than that. Borrowed from my library.
And then, I read a stupid, stupid romance book. I wanted something totally mindless to read and figured a bodice ripper would fit the bill. So, I looked up free books on Amazon and picked one with a high star rating in the historical fiction category.
Problem 1: It was a romance novel.
Problem 2: It was a pirate romance. (I know!!!!)
Problem 3: People giving the stars LIE!!!
I don’t know what on earth I was thinking as this type of book usually sends my feminist antennae into overdrive and this book was no exception, let alone the insipid dialogue and writing style. I am not even going to list the book here because I know a lot of people like these books (as evidenced by all the stupid stars!!!) and this is just totally all my issue, so I don’t want to drag a book through a scathing review when I am biased. I’m still counting the book on my list, though, because I mucked through it.
Anyway, I am going to easily surpass my goal of 30 books this year. I may change my goal. What are you reading?