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!