Week 11 – 2017

I’m absurdly busy lately. Work is totally bonkers. People are annoying. So I’m taking a break because technically it is lunch time.

Week 11 covers March 13 – 19. I must have been hibernating this week. There are all sorts of books that got finished.

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This was a book club pick. I loved it. I thought it was great. The moral dilemma faced by the husband is really the most compelling part of this story. I’m giving it 4 stars.

B Is for Beer by Tom Robbins – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. It is an incredibly fast read. It is very funny and highly entertaining. It’s impossible to describe this author unless you are already familiar with his books. He’s absolutely insane. Clearly. I love it. I’m giving this one 4 stars.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the BPL. This is Leviathan #1. This was read by Alan Cumming. I feel like if every audiobook were read by men with British accents, I’d go through a whole lot more of them. This book is highly entertaining in its own right. The audiobook just enhances the awesomeness. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Eleanor by Jason Gurley – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an excellent book about how one event can change everything. It took me a while because I kept hitting sad parts and I had to put it down. It is also fantasy and some of the settings are inside dreams. It’s about how Agnes’ mother disappeared when she was a small child and how everything spiraled out of control from that point forward. How do you help someone that has never been happy? Someone that has been sad since before you were ever born? I don’t want to give anything away. You’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself what a great and creative story this is. I’m giving this 4 stars.

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black et al. – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. I needed a title that started with a z and this was the only thing on my TBR that fit the profile. That’s how it went down. That being said, I truly enjoyed this. It is a bunch of popular YA fantasy writers going back and forth with zombie and unicorn stories. Some have both. The editors (YA authors themselves) bicker between chapters about which is better. There’s something Mystery Science Theater about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s quite awesome. I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff – I received this from the publisher as an e-book via NetGalley. This is historical fiction at its best. The author takes research about real people’s lives and turns it into a fictional story. I read this really quickly because the story just flows. You feel compelled to find out what will happen to the characters. The story centers around Noa, a young Dutch girl that is thrown out of her house after she becomes pregnant with a German officer’s child, and Astrid, who is a Jewish woman forced to divorce her German officer husband. Both begin the story being betrayed by their loved ones. Noa rescues a baby from a train and is found by a circus where Astrid is also hiding. It seems a bit improbable, but apparently there were circuses sheltering Jews during WWII. I like that they are all fictional characters but that their stories are loosely based on people who did actually exist. I definitely recommend this. It’s a great story and it is well written. I’m giving it 5 stars.

As always, feedback is encouraged. Let me know if you have any books you’d like my opinion about or if you can think of any I might really like.

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