Another month, another three books read, another format for my reviews. I found myself more engrossed in my books and such attention brought me to be more attached, critical, inquisitive about the plot. I didn't want to just sit around and tell you to YES read or to NO skip... So, welcome to the NEW (and improved) layout of my month of March reads.
I read this while we were driving to Mammoth to ski. A six-hour drive promises lots of time to get involved with some interesting characters and that is exactly what I'll remember about this novel. The main character captured my heart (and my mind) with his quirks and interesting thought process. For every bit that I enjoyed him and his naive analysis of the people around him, I was frustrated by his fictional friends.
Maybe this frustration, their lack of empathy and understanding, is for a point -it is, really- but I just wanted to protect him, help him, encourage him onward, out of the rut in which he's found himself.
I adore Hannah's blog. I adore her tweets and all the wisdom that spews out of her soul. So, of course, when she put out a preorder of her book last October I ordered it. I thought I knew how the book would go, and I did, but there's MORE than you'd expect. This is the Blu-ray DVD with all the extras compared to what I consume of hers online.
The outset is a young woman trying to find her place and purpose in the world. This didn't do much for me -I guess I didn't really have that identity crisis post-college. Maybe it was that I wasn't worried about my place in the world because I was having a faith crisis or my belief that being a stay-at-home-mom would be fulfilling enough or the focus of preserving my family as we knew it, but I just didn't question my purpose or place in this big old land. I enjoyed the wisdom and movement and goodness contained in the final two thirds of the book and thought often of friends who are struggling to define what success and faith and love look like to them.
The reason I picked this book up was because I adored Me Before You. I mean, I adored that book and the ground it might ever grow legs to walk on. And, Moyes arrived with her same quirky characters and delightful writing style... Twists and turns like a roller coaster are there, shocking you and driving me to call my mom with sheer surprise. Moyes had me emotionally involved with her characters, cheering some on, hating others, and wanting to warn them all the same. But, all that said, this just didn't go all the way. It ends happily ever after -unexpected, yes, but still sort of fairytale sweet. There's plenty of that on my bookshelves and I guess, if I'm honest, I expected a bit more from Moyes than that.
I'm currently reading these two with another stack on my nightstand.
What are ya'll reading?