Since we got rid of the car going to the library would be an arduous journey (or an expensive cab ride) so we are e-books only now. When it comes to borrowing an e-book, if it is not immediately available you can put it on ‘Hold” and wait your turn. I’ve been anywhere from #3 to #75 (or higher) on the hold list. Often when I get the notice that the book has been automatically checked out to me it has been so long that I’ve forgotten why I even wanted it. These books fall into that category, starting with the light and fluffy:
“My Oxford Year” by Julia Whelan. It hadn’t taken many pages before I was thinking to myself “This reads like a rom-com movie”. After finishing the book I discovered that the book is a novelization of a screenplay. So there’s a turn of events, screenplay first, novel second. When, and if, the movie gets made I’ll skip it, having read the book. Why? Well I already have it set in my mind what the characters look and sound like so whoever they cast won’t match up and however good the movie might turn out to be I will be totally distracted and unengaged.
If you prefer movies to books, then wait for the movie. Despite this being a rom-com book, which I usually avoid, it is a good read. To quote the Kirkus Review “Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas—love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end.” I was particularly taken with the poetry angle and the book sent me right to my copy of poems by William Butler Yeats and has me re-thinking Tennyson and Christina Rossetti.
Now on to the dark and dreary but un-put-down-able. Even tho these two books stressed me out and I had to stop reading periodically and take a breather, there was no way I was going to not finish them.
“The Perfect Nanny” by Leila Silimani. This was translated from the French and there was only one instance that registered as awkward for me. So – points for the writing (and translation.) The book opens with the end, so to speak. You know where this is all going and yet you follow along and somewhere in the back of your mind eerie, horror movie music is playing. It pulled me along, and in, and I got all stressed and nervy. I would close the book for a day or two before picking it up again, I had to finish it. I should tell you this is a ‘people’ book not so much a plot book.
And now for the last one – Hoo-Boy is this a doozy. This one had me on the edge of my seat, tense, anxious, slamming the book shut because I couldn’t take any more, lots of deep breaths before going back in.
“Sometimes I Lie” by Alice Feeney. Described as a psychological thriller, yup, because it sure messed with my psychological. And then, two-thirds into the book, a plot twist right out of nowhere that will rock you back and have you re-thinking everything you have read so far. And the ending will leave you hanging and wondering. Is it worth the read? Definitely. I might even read it again because knowing the ‘twist’ will put a whole new perspective on the story.
As per my usual book posts, the title of the book is a link to a professional review. I don’t know how to do book reviews, wouldn’t even know where to start, so I leave it to the ones who do. All I’m passing on is my reaction to the books. Take that as you will.