Thursday, April 28, 2011

Things Left Unspoken -- Eva Marie Everson

Date Started: 4/25/11
Date Finished: 4/28/11

One-Word Summary:  ok

I have a confession to make. A while ago my mother sent me a box of books that she had read and wanted to pass along. Sadly most of these books are the type that you pick up, quickly scan the back cover, and then gingerly put down and tip-toe away, hoping no one saw you look at it. This book follows in that tradition except that instead of putting it down, my mother bought it and then sent it to me. Oy.

I was not raised in the "Deep South" so reading the word "sugar" used in such numerous ways was unfamiliar and overly-sweet: sugar, suge (shortened version), sugar-foot (nickname). The saccharine level was unparalleled. Unless you are from the Deep South or have a fascination with it I think this book could get on your nerves, so be warned.

What was really "left unspoken" after the jump.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Date Started: 4/19/11
Date Finished: 4/22/11

One-Word Summary: Meh

Look, I liked this book. But I didn't love this book (which everyone else seems to). It was a good read, and I would certainly recommend it, but I wouldn't tell people that this is an all-consuming book that you can't put down.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova

Date Started: 4/9/11
Date Finished: 4/16/11

One-word Summary: Disappointed

When I am rushing through a book to find the point where something will happen in the plot, it is never a good thing. After reading (and loving) The Historian several years ago I was very excited to get my hands on The Swan Thieves. So much so that I actually bought the book in paperback rather than on my e-reader so that I could share it with others once I was finished. After finishing it last night, the only place it is likely to end up is a thrift store.

Find out why (along with spoilers about the book) after the jump.