Tuesday, April 12, 2016

books in a word

Last month, I posted a haiku about each book which seemed to be fun for everyone. This month, I think I'll take a page from Frank Rath in The Silent Girls (more about that below). He's an investigator that has people answer his questions in one word so that they get to the point. What's better than brevity in a sea of great book posts? All words will be elaborated on, of course...

The Royal We: Precious. I really liked the concept of this story and the narrator's relatability in a situation that so few people have been in. I liked being in this world, even when there was conflict. It makes you really imagine what it was like (and still is) for Kate Middleton to marry Prince William.

(A) The Silent Girls: Dark. So little good happens in this book, from the main character being in constant pain from a bad back to the action itself. I listened to this as an audiobook and thought the narrator was a perfect choice for a gruff ex-cop, though, so that likely influenced my rating. I found the story interesting and while I had some suspicions about who committed the crimes, the way the aforementioned Frank Rath went about solving them was definitely entertaining to listen to.

Attachments: Quaint. It's weird that a book written about 1999 can feel charmingly old-fashioned, but it does. The story is about a guy who reads people's emails at his work in the name of security and keeping people on track and falls in love with one of his coworkers that he doesn't even know. I like Rainbow Rowell a lot, but I didn't love this one. Lincoln was a total wuss. Also, he was 28 years old and still pining after his high school girlfriend, which made him seem much younger. Cute, and check it out if you like the author, but definitely not my favorite from her (that would be Landline, though I'm in the minority since everyone else loves Eleanor & Park).

(A) How to Start a Fire: Carefully written. I almost quit this book a few times, but I'm glad I didn't. It tells the story of three women who meet in college and stay in each other's lives for years after. The events of one night shape their lives for years to come, but there's no driving plot point. The story is told in snippets over time - nothing is ever linear, and it can be hard to keep the storylines and try to keep the timeline straight. After finishing it, I had an appreciation for the author's ability to throw in tiny details that tied the whole narrative together. It's a good story of friendship, but it won't be a book for everyone.

Things You Won't Say: Eyeroll emoji. Not a word, but how I felt. The concept of this story is interesting enough - it's about a white police officer who shoots an unarmed Hispanic teenager shortly after witnessing his partner get shot in the line of duty. There are always two sides to every story, so I appreciate looking into how something like this might affect the officer; however, this was told through the lens of the officer's wife, her sister, and the mother of his son and all three women were petulant and just plain stupid throughout a lot of the book. The storyline featuring the zookeeper sister and the elephant at the zoo giving birth was highly unnecessary. There was way too much going on. What made me roll my eyes the most, though, was the "you have a black friend, that means you're not racist" point of defense that just plain bothered me. This is one of the few books I've given two stars to - I kept hoping it would get better!

The Girl You Left Behind: Interesting. It's about a painting in WWI and where it ends up in present time. I read The Nightingale, so naturally I feel like an expert on German-occupied France during WWI. I liked the Sophie storyline a lot. However, Liv and Paul never grew on me. I didn't get their attraction and the strength of their relationship was totally glossed over. Clearly the woman wasn't ready to move on from her ex. That said, I liked how the stories tied together and thinking about the legality of it all. Was Liv an idiot? Totally. But I kept reading to see how far she would take her case and I was invested in the characters the whole way through, so I liked it.

I've been listening to Pretty Girls, which is a whopping 20 hours long, so that affects how many books I got through this month. About halfway through, I realized that I didn't really enjoy it, but after ten hours, I feel oddly compelled to see (hear?) it through. More next month on how that worked for me. I'll be happy to finish it so I can catch up with Steph and Jana on The Armchair Librarians podcast. Thanks as always for hosting, ladies!


  1. The Girl You Left Behind sounds interesting. I have The Silent Girls on my TBR :) And I really liked Attachments. Perhaps because it was my first Rainbow book, or maybe because it was in 1999. But you are right, Lincoln is a bit of a wuss.

  2. I liked Landline a lot better than Attachments, I still need to read Fangirl which I also hear really good things about.

    Your eye roll emoji work made me laugh, I found that book interesting because of it's unique POV.

  3. Attachments is my favorite Rowell book after E&P. Maybe they're tied. I did not love Landline or Fangirl, and I have not read Carry On. Don't know if I will. I care nothing about Simon Snow (I'm not a Harry Potter fan so that's probably why).

    I know I have a bunch of these on my TBR already and I'm looking forward to reading them.

    I love how you're getting all creative with your reviews!

  4. I think The Girl You Left Behind is a book I always refer to and don't remember the name of...it's the one with the painting and the restaurant, right?

    I love Frank Rath. I want more. I know more books are coming from that author (he commented on my last SUYB post!) but not sure if Frank will be in them.

    Totally support the haiku and one word jams you have going on.

  5. aww i loved the royal we so much and i love the word you chose! the silent girls is on my list. i really liked attachments. it's probably my favourite. i loved e&p as well, but attachments made me smile like an idiot. i did like landline, just wasn't a fan of the whole phone thing, it felt out of place in that particular book - which is weird, because i am all about the unbelievable/fantasy stuff. but anyway. i really liked the girl you left behind, it took me ages to like liv and paul, but i never liked them half as much as sophie and her guy.

  6. I think I'd be most interested in Attachments, it sounds like a fun premise even if the main character is a bit of a wuss. Sometimes I can be a bit of a wuss too so maybe I'd identify with him! I'm not interested in anything that elicits an eyeroll, or anything you have to keep coming back to. And I know what you mean about long books and getting invested! You need a really long car journey to make some headway :)

  7. I really liked The Royal We too! Some people said it went on too long but I often like when books do that, especially if I am really enjoying the story. It was so cute and I'm interested in what the movie will be like with Lauren Graham at the helm!

  8. Hmm...is Precious a good or a bad descriptor?

  9. The Royal We is on my TBR and I'm definitely adding The Silent Girls, although it might already be on it. It sounds vaguely familiar to me, but my TBR is long and I'm old and can't remember every book on it. LOL! I've heard too many variations of "I have a friend who is ... black, asian, gay ... whatever" IRL and would have likely thrown the book across the room if I had to read it too.

  10. I just started The Nightingale, and love historical fiction! I need to check out The Girl You Left Behind. I still haven't read a Rainbow Rowell book, and I'm pretty sure that a girl from work is going to kill me if I don't read one soon. She swears I'll love them, and she's normally spot on with books. I think that her favorite is Fangirl.

  11. I haven't read Royal We yet, and I really need to! I thought Attachments was super cute too! I love WWII historical fiction, so The Girl You Left Behind sounds right up my alley!

  12. Love the way you wrote this post! I really liked How to Start a Fire, but some friends I recommended it to didn't at all. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  13. I liked Attachments but it seemed more YA than Landline (which I did love, but also loved E&P). I'm still reading my crap book. And also why haven't we gone book shopping, or at least attempt to book shop but then just eat tacos?

  14. The Silent Girls - read it, loved it (as much as you can love this "dark" kind of book), author is working on a sequel.
    The Girl You Left Behind - added it because I just read my first Jojo Moyes and enjoyed it.
    Attachments - I don't typically like schmaltzy books, but this one worked for me.
    The Royal We - another book that isn't my typical cup of tea, but I'm interested because everyone that reads it seems to enjoy it.


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