I’m not very good at keeping up with reviewing the books I finish in a timely manner. So, I’m going to try something new this year. Weekly recaps. Summaries of what I’ve read, what I’ve finished, and what I’ve added to my To-Read pile. I probably won’t be doing individual book reviews, unless its something I absolutely adore.
Here’s my summary of January so far.
What I finished:
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
This was my first Nick Hornby title. It was a bit lackluster. I think my biggest complaint is that it was sold as “funny” but it wasn’t. It was about Barbara, a small town girl who moved to London and found her onto a most beloved sitcom in the 1960s. It was and it wasn’t. Hornby kept telling us that the show was successful, daring and original. Barbara changed her name to Sophie and was able to leave her past behind her without a second thought. I wish we had been given a better glimpse into the show. A joke, a transcript, something to highlight it. There was also very little character development. There wasn’t much of a different between Sophie and Barbara. There weren’t many challenges, and everything just kind of fell into place. There were also a lot of awkward moments. Maybe those were the funny parts?
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Source: Publisher via LibraryThing
This could have been a great book, but the ending just about ruined it for me. This is the third book by the author that I’ve read and I’ve realized that her stories are all very similar and very formulaic. There are stories of abandonment, of loneliness, and of finding family in unusual places. Everything is always wrapped up in a neat little Hallmark bow and the world lives happily ever after. This approach was a breath of fresh air in her first book, Love Walked In. The characters were unique, had depth and the story was original. Three books and the story is stale. The Precious One is a story told by two daughters (half-sisters) of a crotchety old man, (Wilson) who was a terrible father to one and a wonderful father to the other. Although Taisy was the more likable character, Willow had more depth and was more interesting. Taisy’s storyline was predictable and uninteresting. Willow’s storyline had a lot of interesting twists and turns, but the sugar-coated all is well ending…I ended up skimming the last twenty pages because it was so unbelievable and such a departure from the character foundations that had been laid out in the beginning of the book.
What I’m Reading Now
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
Somewhat like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, this is book 1 of the Daisy Darlymple mysteries. Its a 1920’s murder at the famous Wentwater Court estate. Rookie journalist Daisy finds herself in the middle of the investigation of a shocking murder at the estate during her stay.
After surviving a near death from a bought of the influenza during the 1920’s, Helena Parr decides that she must make something of her life. So, she decides to live with her eccentric aunt Agnes in Paris for a year studying art. Along the way, she makes acquaintances with some of the best known artists and writers in Paris (Hemingway, Stein) and manages to find love.