“I’m a very neat monster.”
A few months back I gave up on reading books. I know. I know. To be honest I was stalled on a book that was given to me that I just couldn’t get in to. I was forcing my way through the thing like a kid being forced to eat peas, and I hate peas. I would wake up in the morning and think “Ok, make some coffee, pick up the book, and at least finish the chapter.” Nope! I would pick it up get through a paragraph and put it down.
So, I gave up reading for a while and started watching Dexter. I had started it a little while back but I threw myself into it this time. I flew through the first few seasons, muscled my way through the last three, and said some choice words at the series finale. I had always been interested in picking up the book and since I work across the street from the library I peeked my head in to see if they had it.
Now, I had heard that the show took some liberties with the source material, and let me tell you they took quite a few. People have different jobs in the book than the show, people die fairly quickly but stick around in the show for seasons. I didn’t mind it actually. It made sense. It also gives me hope that the book series will end better than the show did. Oh, please, let it be so. I will have some choice words for Mr. Lindsay if they are the same. Sorry.
Either way, Darkly Dreaming Dexter was an extremely easy read, but it kept me on edge the entire time. Think Lucy reading that thriller and constantly throwing it out the window when Ricky inevitably scares her. If you’re looking for some easy reading at the end of this gorgeous summer, head over to your local library and pick it up. Now, on to the second book!
Happy reading, people!
“Even death has a heart.”
My darling mother gave me this book. Now, my mother and I disagree on many things; movies, clothes, books. So, when she mailed this to me I opened it with trepidation. I had heard people rave about this book and I had also heard people spitting in this books “face”. So, again, trepidation.
The first thing about this book that is interesting is the narrator is Death and he guides you through the life of a young girl names Liesel who lives in Germany during the Nazi occupation. She is given to a family by her mother, not really ever explained why, but my personal opinion was that her mother was Jewish and she was giving her children to people who could protect them from the impending doom. Since it is stated that Liesel has blonde hair and blue eyes she fits into Hitler’s idea of “the perfect human race”.
While at her adoptive parents house she learns to read and steals a few books, but that isn’t what the story is about. During her formative years a young Jewish man shows up at their door and is quickly smuggled to the basement. His father and her “father” were in the wars together and he promised the man that he would do anything to help him and his family after he died. There the man stays and while there learns to see the world differently through the eyes of a young girl.
Now, you all know that I am not one to ruin an ending or spoil anything; but the book id narrated by Death and is set during a time of great suffering. So, I’m sure most of you can guess how this story ends. I found it fairly easy to read and even heartwarming in places, considering the subject matter. I saw the movie not long after and it wasn’t half bad either. Zusak even makes Death seem like a nice guy.
This is going to be a hard one. Which is probably why it’s taken me so long to post this. I fell in love with Gudenkauf’s story telling back when I read The Weight of Silence, I couldn’t put it down and finished it within days. The same happened with this book. The chapters switch from Allison, a young girl newly released from jail and has had to bare the brutality that comes with her crime and also the judgment of her family. Brynn, her sister who is the only one who knows the true story of what happened the night that Allison was arrested and she isn’t talking. Charm, a teenager going to nursing school and is also taking care of her estranged mother’s ex-boyfriend whom she recognizes as her dad. Claire, a woman who had trouble conceiving in the past and owns a bookstore with her husband.
The reason this is so tough is that I am not one to spoil a good book and there are so many twists in this one that it’s hard to describe without blowing it wide open. For anyone who has read any of Gudenkauf’s work you can commiserate with me. Every voice is clear and concise and well thought out. You feel for each woman and can understand why things played out the way they did and why each character made the choices that she did. It’s always refreshing to read a book with strong female characters who can hold their own and carry a book to it’s satisfying conclusion.
Like I said before, I love Gudenkauf and can’t wait to pick up another book by her. This was an emotional rollercoaster of a book but ultimately satisfying.