I kind of forgot it was Wednesday today because my week is off, due to having an unexpected Monday off work. I remember about midway through the day. Better late than never, right?
One Plus One: A Novel
It's very hard to not judge an author by his/her previous books, although I try. However, when an author starts out with something as incredible as Me Before You, it's very hard to not feel like that set a precedent, you know? I am completely okay with chick lit. I love chick lit when I don't want to think. But because of Me Before You, I don't expect chick lit from Jojo Moyes. This book was absolutely chick lit. Was it enjoyable? Yes, I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the storyline, but I couldn't separate myself from the author's previous book.
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad)
On the other hand, this book absolutely lived up to my expectations of Tana French. In the Woods is a book that still chases the corners of my mind, occasionally. This book had a different subject matter but still contained the same sharply written criminal mystery as the author's previous books. Chris Harper is found dead on the ground of a girls' school. Some time later, a girl brings a post card to a detective. The caption says "I know who killed him." Unfortunately for the girl in question, everything points to her or her group of friends. But did they do it? Or was it another group? The author's teenage girl dialogue was sometimes annoying but also, if I'm honest, very spot on. I really enjoyed the mystery and this kept my attention very well.
Fives and Twenty-Fives
When a convoy halts in Iraq, it's a rule to stop and sweep the area, five meters in every direction. Once cleared, the sweep is extended to twenty-five meters. Anything within that zone can and will kill soldiers. Written by an Iraq veteran, this book was a brilliant read, switching between the voices of three men, all returned home from the same platoon. At first, I had difficulty with the character switches but once I caught on, it made sense. Books about Iraq or Afghanistan always tug at me because I feel like these men and women come home so damaged and we do so little for them. All that said, this book nailed it. The internal conflicts, the PTSD, the attempt to settle back to civilian life, the struggles continuing in other countries. It was beautiful and heartbreaking at once.
The Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
It's so hard to review the final book in a trilogy! If you like Harry Potter, fantasy, magic, but with a harder edge, read this. You'll enjoy them.
What are you reading?