Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I Read Wednesday

I have 12 library holds right now, which of course means that while nothing is coming in at the moment, they will all arrive at once. I'm sure you all know that struggle!

Maestra
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, for the drama and seediness of Judith's world. There were also parts that I questioned, where the main character's switch from Judith an office worker to Lauren a paid entertainer of men to, well, a twisted antihero out for revenge seemed a little too fluid for the major changes. Overall, though, this was a pretty darkly entertaining novel. It is a trilogy, though I honestly felt it could have been wrapped up in one book... but maybe the author has other plans to make the character shifts more realistic. Ultimately, I enjoyed it.

Somewhere Out There: A Novel
At the age of ten, Natalie found out she was adopted but was given no information about her birth parents. When her daughter has to complete a family tree, Natalie is again driven to find out about her biological mother--even if it means upsetting her adopted mother. In the process, Natalie discovers her sister, Brooke, a sister she never knew she had. Unlike Natalie, Brooke knew she had a sister and also unlike Natalie, Brooke was never adopted and grew up in the system. The two girls forge a sometimes strained, sometimes strong relationship and together set out to find their mother. This book is told from three perspectives: Natalie, Brooke and Jennifer, their mom. Although this dragged on a little bit for me, the author did an excellent job of fleshing out all three characters--their motivations, their joys and sorrows. Definitely a good summer or beach read.

What are you reading?

4 comments:

Lyndsay W said...

I read Lost & Found by Brooke Davis and thought it was really cute.

Then I started As Close to Us as Breathing but just wasn't feeling it after the first few pages.

Amara gave me one of her books from school that she liked - Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang (Canadian). It wasn't great. (I mean, I know I'm not the target audience but Amara has passed along some GREAT books this year. This was not one of them.)

And now I've just started Outline by Rachel Cusk. I think I'm going to like it.

Barb Ruess said...

I read one fiction and two non-fiction books this week.

Fiction: Salt of the Sea... YA book but a beautiful story for any age. I need to read more by Ruta Sepetys!
Non-Fiction: Tribes... I read this for a work project. It has some fresh perspectives but after 20 pages was so repetitive I wanted to bang my head against the wall.
Non-Fiction #2: My Year of Running Dangerously... I loved this one! Autobiography of the trials, adventures & lessons learned when a man decided to start running again because his college-aged daughter asked him to run a marathon with her.

Monica Lane said...

I'm reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. Magical realism. So far I'm enjoying it.

I had just finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn for a local book club and it was thoroughly disturbing! Before that I finally got to read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and WOW. Don't know what took me so long to read that beautiful book.

Can't wait to see what your 12 holds are! Love reading your What I Read Wednesdays.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have some books on hold at the library as well, and yep, they will all come in at once.

While I wait, I am back to digging through craft books. Thinking about teaching myself how to crochet this summer, so I've been wrapped up in crochet design books lately.