I’ve neglected reviewing any books I’ve read lately. After a streak of reading books that I either didn’t care for or I thought were just plain boring, I’ve read three that I loved!
Cider House Rules – John Iriving
Anytime I read a John Irving novel it turns out to be an emotional experience for me. If you’ve ever read one of his novels you know that they are typically very long, detailed and slow. When I start one, it takes me a while to actually get into the book. Somewhere in the middle I realize how attached to the characters I am and finally can’t put the book down. This novel had an over-arching theme of abortion and women’s rights which I found really incredible. The way Irving developed the characters and the different morals of each one was really fascinating. Like other Irving books, I was devastated when I finally finished it- I wanted the characters to live on in my mind and for the book to go on forever. So I mourned the completion of the book for about a week after I finished it. Partydog doesn’t really like when I read Irving books because he knows I won’t shut-up about the book and will be an emotional train-wreck after I finish. Seriously, go read this, it’s brilliant.
Man and Boy- Tony Parsons
I really liked this book. I tend to be drawn to books about family dynamics which is all this book is about. The main character cheats on his wife, she leaves him and his son to flee to another country to figure her life out and the father is left having no idea how to parent his son. The entire book is about the relationship between the father on the son (who is a toddler) and how he learns to take care of him and how he grows as a person. The book is fairly slow and depressing but the ending leaves you with so much closure that you feel really good about the book. Highly recommend this one too.
A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
I read this book in a less than two days. I could not pry myself away from it and when I did, all I could think about was going back and reading it. I don’t even know where to start in telling you how amazing this story was. It’s about friendship, love, family, women’s rights, war, domestic violence, poverty and everything else you can imagine. I finished the book in tears, and feeling really selfish. This book puts everything in perspective and really makes you reflect on your own life- and just how lucky and blessed you are to have food when you want it, warm and clean water at your disposal and the ability to live your own life the way you want to. I feel like this is a book everyone should read. If you have yet to read it, do yourself a favor, go to the nearest bookstore to purchase it (preferable used and local!) and read it. I’m still reflecting upon this story and what it means to me.
So there you have it, three fantastic books. Now the only thing left to do is pick my next read….
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Best book you’ve read lately?