Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott, 411 pages

I don't even remember where I'd seen this mentioned to pique my interest but I finally got around to reading it. Basically, a plane crashes at an air show and a 13-year-old girl heals her best friend that is severely injured. Afterwards, her life is never to be the same. The question comes, how much can Ava protect herself and how much must she give of herself to help others? This was a well-done read, I was very touched at the end.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (30 of 247 pgs.)

This book is the first in a series.  I had read a review of book 3, I believe and the story sounded interesting, so I hunted up "Gilead" so as to start at the beginning.  Two hours of slogging through later, I gave up on page 30.

I cannot tell if there is a good story under the writing or not.  The writing style is killing me.  As far as I can tell, it is the story of man who is telling about his past and present to be read by his son in the future.  It is very train-of-thought and meanders to the point where I cannot follow what is going on.

One paragraph uses "walked", "would have been", and "is doing" all in describing one specific event.  As I read and re-read the paragraph, I can't tell if it is something that he did recently, is doing right now, or did a long time ago.  Maybe the writer doesn't know either. 

Anyhow, this series is off my to read list.

Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans, 305 pages

I LOVED the first four books, this one was good, it just seemed to end a little flat. But I still whole-heartedly recommend the series.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans, 279 pages

I picked up the first book in this series, The Walk, because of my book club. I would have never read them otherwise, in fact, I was dreading reading the first book because I thought it would be saccharine and blah. I was surprised to find myself completely immersed in the book and I plowed through it in 90 minutes. I am one book from the end and I'll be sorry to see this series come to an end.

The Fig Eater by Jody Shields, 311 pages

The latest book club book. I would not have picked this one up on my own, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I finished the book almost as confused as when I started it.

The Counterfeit Lady by Kate Parker, 312 pages

This is an okay series, just not my favorite mystery series.