Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I Read Wednesday

This was one of THOSE weeks where I only read one book. How pathetic, right? I have two excuses: one, I was in the midst of planning and executing a fourth birthday party, which I hope to blog about sometime in this century. Two, I started watching "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix and totally binge watched all 13 episodes in four days, which is really unlike me because I am not a TV person. But it's a really good show and when does season two come out?! I'm going to make up for cheating on books by reading the book that the TV show is based on, so it's all good there.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
This is one of those books that I loved but couldn't totally get into for some reason. The story itself was great, though. It's set in 1985, during the initial AIDS epidemic. Greta loses her brother Felix and can't get over her loss, so after many failed therapies she tries a last hope: electroconvulsive shock treatments. An unexpected result is that Greta is transported back in time after each session, swapping lives with different Gretas. There's a Greta in 1941 and a Greta in 1918, each facing her own struggles. As Greta goes back and forth through time, she tries to correct and fix wrongs and make lives better, only to find out that the other Gretas are doing the same. What struck me about this book is that there was some beautiful prose, some parts that I wanted to pull out and keep with me. The ending also left a strong message, too. I just didn't feel quite as connected to it as some of the reviewers did.

What are you reading?


Barb said...

It's okay to *only* read one book a week :) I read Heft last week and LOVED the story. Am finishing Insurgent now bc a certain 12yo is dying to get her hands on it. Next up: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

One crazed mommy said...

One book is not shabby - I haven't even picked up a book in over a week...and I was on a cabin with no tv, internet, phone etc...I still didn't have a chance to read. Sigh!

Bari said...

You're doing better than I have this summer. I've read one book and it was some Nicholas Sparks trash. *hangs head in shame*