And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini - I love Hosseini's books, I really do. I tore through The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns, & though those books tugged - HARD - on my heart strings, I always felt uplifted & peaceful at the end of them. I tore through And The Mountains Echoed with the same speed & ferociousness, but I found the experience of reading it thoroughly depressing. Whatever Hosseini writes, I will read, but I hope his next book is more reminiscent of the two aforementioned tomes.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn - Wow. Now I understand what all the hype was about, that was surrounding this book for so long. It was definitely an edge-of-my-seat, roller-coaster ride of a book. I was hooked on it. I found myself getting angry with whoever interrupted me from tearing through its pages. I felt like I knew the characters, as if they were old friends. Even now, when I'm writing this mini-review weeks later, I can picture the characters perfectly in my head. I plan to read Flynn's other novels later down the line, because I just enjoyed the experience of reading this one. I did not like the ending, but that doesn't mean it's a bad book, in my book.
Divergent, by Veronia Roth - Meh. This one didn't quite live up to its hype, in my opinion. It was nothing more than ok. I wanted it to be better. I just didn't feel as connected to the characters as I would have liked. I did, however, enjoy the vivid picture painted of the factions - what the people of the factions wore, what their headquarters looked like... I loved all of that. If only I had loved the characters as much. I plan to read all the books in the series, & I hope they get better.
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman - I am head over heels in love with this novel. It was exactly what I wanted it to be. I felt like I had been transported from my Wilmington living room into the misty spray of a lighthouse island. I could see the pastel teals & pinks & grays of the setting sun on the ocean. I was present in the lighthouse as Tom explained in expert detail all of the working parts of the light. I felt joy, I felt sorrow, I felt resolution. I loved this book, & I plan to buy it for my collection.
On the Lights, you account for every single day. You write up the log, you report what's happened, you produce evidence that life goes on. In time, as the ghosts start to dissolve in the pure Janus air, Tom dares to think of the life ahead of him - a thing that for years has been too improbable to depend on.
up next on my reading list:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin
Emma, by Jane Austen
The Yokota Officers Club, by Sarah Bird
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