Yes, yes, y’all, I know it’s been a while. All I can say is I’m sorry for my absence. I bring to you now, however, some great titles for you to check out. We’ve also got several reviews ready for you in the coming weeks. Let’s hear it for a Happy New Year at Pathologically Literate!
Books I read last week:
- Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois
- The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley
- The Promise of Stardust by Pricille Sibley
- Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Book I’m currently reading:
- After Her by Joyce Maynard
Upcoming posts for the week of January 20th:
- Review: Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini
- Review: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
- Review: Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner
Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois was a fairly interesting read, written from several different points of view, about a young American student accused of murder in Argentina. While it certainly wasn’t as compelling as I’d hoped, it did hold my interest through to the end. The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley tells the story of a broken family as they struggle to survive an avian flu pandemic in the United States. While horrifying to think about, it just wasn’t written as well as it could have been, and I felt fairly let down by the end result. The Promise of Stardust by Pricille Sibley is a heartbreakingly captivating novel about a young man whose pregnant wife lies in a brain-dead state after taking a nasty fall. It details the fight between himself and other family members over whether or not to end life support, thus ending the pregnancy as well. Fabulous book, y’all. Read it. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard was my favorite book of the week – possibly of the month! A 13-year-old boy and his agoraphobic mother take in a prison escapee (who’s really a good guy) over Labor Day weekend, and their lives change forever. I truly enjoyed every moment of reading this novel, and look forward to reading more of Maynard’s work. You must read this novel – it’s a rather short read, at 250 pages, so you can do it in no time! I was thrown off a bit by The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – I was expecting something along the lines of her previous novel, The Secret Life of Bees (loved it), but instead found more of a historical fiction novel based on a real-life figure in history. It was still a wonderful tale, if a bit dry at times, and I can safely say I highly recommend it.
What books crossed your path last week? Do share!