I keep thinking I’ll write about some books I’ve read lately, and then I put it off. Partly out of laziness and partly because I’m annoyed by all the new rules now about making sure you disclose that books were given to you for free from the publisher and all that mumbo jumbo.
And besides, maybe I’m being cynical, but with everybody and her sister writing (quite often lame) book reviews these days, I feel like they don’t really mean anything anymore.
Anyway. I’m going to tell you about a few books. Some I’ll talk about because I said I would. And some because I can’t not. One thing I can promise you is my honest opinion. Not always my ENTIRE opinion, because when you know authors personally, it’s just too hard to say negative stuff about their books.
Anyway. Here we go.
Thin Places by Mary DeMuth (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.)
I really like Mary–as a person and an author. This book is good. Raw, honest emotion. It made me cringe and gave me goosebumps. Mary has endured so much in her lifetime, and it breaks my heart. I’m so thankful I can’t relate, but I think that might be part of the reason the book didn’t completely resonate with me. The men in my life (my dad especially) were always loving, caring and never did a single thing to harm me. I think this book would be a compelling, comforting read for anyone who has abuse in their past. 3.5 stars.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I received a free copy from my library, but they’re insisting I return it by March 20th.)
There’s a reason this novel is #3 on the Bestseller List and has been sitting in the top whatever for over a year. I loved every minute of it. Completely fell in love with the characters, loved the fact that one of them was a writer who desperately wanted to help the others capture their stories and share them with the world. There are 42 one-star reviews of the book on Amazon–scathing reviews of how stereotypical the characters and vernacular were. But there were 1400 five-star reviews, and that’s what I’d give it too. Brilliant book. Couldn’t put it down.
Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.)
Well, first of all, this book is a lovely shade of cornflower blue, and it’s the newest addition to my stack of blue books. I actually read it quite a few months ago, then forgot I had it. However, I do remember saying to Gabe, “I’m loving this book. She’s what I want to be when I grow up.” I love Tricia’s writing style–not too fancy, just the right amount of funny. It’s a memoir of motherhood and all God has been teaching her from getting pregnant with her first child as a 17-year-old until now. I’m super-inspired by all Tricia does for others. In fact, I sent her a box of Expecting books a couple months ago for the girls in her Teen MOPS group in Montana (she and her fam are moving to Arkansas now, I think). I recommend the book.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (another library book which was actually due yesterday but I didn’t finish it in time, so now I have to pay late fees)
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. My agent recommended it, and I picked it up from the library right before I left for New Jersey. I almost didn’t even start it since it’s 550 pages, but then I did. And couldn’t put it down. And neglected just about everything to get it read. It flips back and forth between (among) three different eras–1900, 1975 and 2005. It’s about a granddaughter solving a mystery of who her grandma really was, except WAY more exciting and nail-biting than that. Awesome story, and the author did an incredible job of hardly ever letting the action drag. Read. This. Book.
That’s probably enough for now. I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t buy new books very often (I mostly beg, borrow or buy used). For a chance to win a copy of Thin Places, tell me what it takes for you to spend money on a book. (recommendation from a friend, seeing the shiny cover at a bookstore, hearing about it on the web 25 different times, on a whim.) I’ll randomly draw the winner’s name Friday at noon.
Have an awesome Thursday!