Here are three mini reviews for you today!
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My copy came from: Borrowed from my mother-in-law
This was a book club read, and I found this to be pretentious and lacking joy. I think I was the only person in my book club who didn’t enjoy this, and I really wanted to like it, but the main character (A.J.) was so snobby about the books he reads, that he just came across as unlikeable. And even though he does change throughout the book, as he experiences life and love, I just couldn’t ever connect with him and therefore couldn’t connect with the book. This is a very popular book, but it just wasn’t for me!
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
My copy came from: Purchased from my local bookstore, Copperfield’s
One of the most celebrated books of 2017, sadly this one did not do anything for me. I was completely bored by this, and I only continued reading the book because it was so short (231 pages). At one point in my notes I wrote: what does the author have against dialogue? Where is the dialogue? The characters didn’t seem to do much of anything except smoke marijuana and think about sex, and while the book did have some good, interesting points about immigration, it didn’t have enough to make this a book that I’d recommend. I found that it tried too hard to be literary and came across as bland. But the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #6)
My copy came from: Borrowed from my local library
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to! Tower of Dawn focuses entirely on Chaol and Nesryn as they travel south to Antica in search of healing for Chaol and alliances for the war, and I was expecting to be totally bored while reading this. But, I read it very quickly and it kept my attention, and even more importantly, this side journey is full of essential information that affects all of our main characters and the main conflict for the series. Even though I’ve always liked Chaol, I was so hesitant to pick this title up, as I wasn’t sure if his character would be compelling enough for an entire book, but I did really enjoy the story and also the new characters that were added. I can’t wait for the final book in the series to be released this fall!
There you have it, three mini reviews! I disliked two of the books, but really enjoyed the other. I expected to love the two I disliked, and expected to dislike the book I ended up loving! Has that ever happened to you? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?