Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Books I read in January 2017
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin **
This book was OK. We read it for book club. I mostly liked it but it had the feel of a Hallmark movie (not my favorite). There was A LOT of information in it about heart surgery and rowing which some people in my book club enjoyed and I skimmed because that's how I live my life. If it's any indication of how far fetched things were, many in my book club were really hoping one of the characters would die. Just for a little realism.
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman*****
I LOVED this one. One of the best books I've read in a while. It's about a curmudgeonly man who keeps trying to kill himself but keeps getting interrupted by his pesky neighbors who need his help. I absolutely loved the guy by the end of the book.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ****
In my quest to read Newbery books, I read this. I liked it. There was a Stella in it and also a Thelma (elephant and bird respectively). It was a beautiful book and tugged at your humane to animal heart strings without being preachy. I liked the characters and the style of writing.
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo ****
Another Newbery and another book I liked. It's about a sort of unhappy girl (she calls herself a cynic) who has unhappy divorced parents. She befriends (begrudgingly) her neighbor's great-nephew who is also really unhappy. Then Ulysses happens who is a superhero squirrel and everything rights itself as a result. Nothing is automatically cured (it's not a Hallmark movie) but everyone reaches a measure of peace in their difficult circumstances. It was a smart book.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander **
Meh. Book 2 in this series is a Newbery honor book so I felt compelled to read this one first. I don't love fantasy books and this one gave me whiplash with it's constant jump from one big adventure to the next. An upside of the book was that I had a window into Braeden's world as a grade school kid. He read this book and he used a lot of the phrases in his normal life. There was a lot of, So that's where he got that! Much like Gurgi in the book, Braeden was on a constant hunt for "crunchings and munchings."