Also, this post is dedicated to Allena because she is always nicely encouraging me to post short reviews of every book I read. I really appreciate that she and Emily do a book round up at the end of every month and I get so many good reading suggestions from them. So Allena (and all the rest of you readers out there), this post is for you! :)
I thought The Dinner List was interesting and I loved the backstory. The premise is that the main character shows up to her birthday dinner with her best friend and the five people (living or dead) that she would like to have dinner with are all there. I found the events of the actual dinner less engaging than the back story. I think this would be an interesting movie, but I found it a bit confusing as a book, since is started without a lot of preliminary introduction. I think I would have liked a little more lead up to the premise which would have helped me engage a bit more with the overall story.
here to read all about it.
Thankfully, every single person at the meeting also hated this book. It's written from the point of view of a non-gendered narrator who has been working to finish their PhD thesis for a number of years. We get this narrator's view on three different relationships they have had. We all decided that potentially this book would be liked by the niche group of people who have written a humanities thesis. Other than that, it was too lofty for us. And there were some smart people attending this book club -- professors, librarians, etc.
Thank goodness the next book this book club is reading is A Man Called Ove so I'm going to stick it out.
After struggling my way through Theory, I needed a nice light read and this book fit the bill perfectly. I read it in one evening and it was a great palate cleanse. It's a lovely story following three people through the space of ten years and how their lives intersect with each other. I only cried for the last two pages so that was good!
So that's what I've been reading this week. Have I inspired you to pick up any of these books and check them out yourselves? What are your light reads/guilty pleasure reads? I could always use some more reliable authors to read after books like Theory!