Well, this month I have definitely not been reading books off my bookshelf. Not many at least. I’ve also started incorporating audiobooks during my long commutes to work. The only downfall of listening to audiobooks in my car is that I tend to sit in my car for an extra 15 minutes after I get home waiting for the disc to come to an end so that I can leave the car. I think the books I read this month have been some of my favorites for the year. June was definitely a fantastic reading month since I managed to double my normal reading load. 9 books this month!! That’s almost 2 a week. Yay me!
- Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
- 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
- Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
- Tassy Morgan’s Bluff by Jim Stinson
- Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity edited by Ritch Calvin
- The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
Books read but not reviewed
- 13 Rue Therese by Elena Mauli Saphiro
- The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
- Fire in Blood by Irène Némirovsky ; translated by Sandra Smith
My top pick of the month:
Posted in Adult, Adult Fiction, Audio book, Books
Tagged 13 rue therese, 4:50 from paddington, falling angels, gilmore girls and the politics of identity, june reading recap, kabul beauty school, tassy morgan's bluff, the autobiography of mrs. tom thumb, the book of tomorrow
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecila Ahern
Age:Teen – Adult
Genre: fiction / magical realism
Format: Audio CD – Read by Ali Coffey
Harper Collins, 2011
7 discs (8 hr., 25 min.)
Tamara Goodwin enjoyed living in the lap of luxury until the abrupt suicide of her father. Having lost her friends, house and all her possessions, Tamara and her mom go to live in the country with her aunt Rosalind and Uncle Arthur. One day, when looking through books in the traveling library, Tamara comes across a locked book with no author and no title. Once she manages to break the lock, she finds that the book is actually a diary, written in her hand for the very next day. Using this book that foretells the future as a guide, Tamara somehow pieces together a story bigger than herself, in an attempt to help snap her mother out of her catatonic state.
Cecila Ahern is one of my favorite authors. I loved PS I Love You and No Place Like Here. Her works of magical realism are some of my favorites in the market. This book was no exception. I found myself really enjoying it, and listening to the story unravel. I would listen to the CDs in my car during my commute to and from work. Some nights its was hard to leave my car because I would stay until the disc ended just to hear what happened next.
Tamara’s character was incredibly annoying. rude and selfish at first, seriously, who screams in someone’s ear? Her character did grow on me towards the end. With The Book of Tomorrow, Cecilia Ahern did an amazing job of keeping the reader/listener in suspense as Tamara fumbled her way through the story trying to figure out the following:
- what was wrong with her mom
- how to cope with the loss of her dad
- the loss of her former life
- how to grow into a different, nicer person
- and most importantly, to figure out just why Rosalind acted so strange and sketchy around her mother.
I found Rosalind’s character to be really fascinating and complex. Although, a bit of her appeal wore off once I found out her back-story. There were some interesting plot twists that I did not expect and some that I did expect, but still enjoyed nonetheless. There characters were well developed and I loved the country-side setting for the plot. Such a serene backdrop for such a tumultuous and two-faced events.
I think this book is aimed more towards the older teens that for adults. Although there is some foul language and talk of sex, there isn’t anything graphic in the text in that regards. I think older teens will sympathize with Tamara in many ways. For not being understood, for acting out and not knowing why, for wanting attention, for wanting love, for trying to solve a mystery on her own with no one believing her story.
Ali Coffey is a wonderful narrator. Her young voice is full of the animation, frustration and insensitivity that one would expect from a 16 year old rich girl. She really brought the character of Tamara to life and I think that gave the character more depth that she would have had in written form.
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