Oh my goodness, I did not quite realize how long its been since I last posted a review or anything on this site. Is anyone still even following?
I am reading, quite a lot actually. I’m enjoying “most” of what I’m reading. I just have very little time to actually write concrete posts on here anymore. Its probably best to just friend/follow me on Goodreads.
This doesn’t cover everything, but here’s snap shot of what I’ve read recently that I both liked/didn’t like.
What I liked:
This graphic novel by Barbara Stok is a wonderful snap shot into a most tumultuous and inspired time in Van Gogh’s life spent in Provence. The story is interspersed with text from the letters Vincent would write to his brother Theo. Its a great book, although not really for anyone who isn’t familiar with Van Gogh.
Paris is Always a Good Idea y Nicholas Barreau is a cute and predictable little story set in Paris. I liked all the characters, but its such a typical chick-flick/rom-com set in Paris. Ah. Barreau should be writing screenplays for movies. I’d go to every one. In this book, Rosalie Laurent sells wishes at her little postcard shop. When traveling to Paris, a clumsy New York professor stumbles upon a certain book in her store that sends both of them down a mysterious guessing game as to the origins of the book’s story.
What I didn’t like:
Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson was all over the blogs a few months ago. I listed to the audiobook and I regretted about every minute of it. The narrator is aggravating and self-indulgent. Her memoir of food and family is really just about her making fun of Naples and its residents. I couldn’t connect to her and her portrayal of everyone in her life just really made her out of touch with reality. She is an heir to the Wilson family fortune, the Wilson brought to fame in Castaway. Maybe she and I are on just two different planes. The only parts of her memoir that I enjoyed was her time talking about her pregnancy and parenting in Naples. Even then, it felt like the stories were forced, made to be far too precious.
A pretty cover does not always make for a good story. This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets is a story of a young women dealing with the grief of losing her mother to cancer. The author does a great job capturing those early moments of grief after the death of a parent. Although I could understand and relate to Blanca’s emotional confusion, there was something off about the book. It’s told in a stream of consciousness style in Blanca’s voice. It’s a short book, though.