Today I'm participating in a meme hosted by Book Journey. Here's a look at what I've been reading lately and what's coming up for me.
Finished Last Week:
It took me a while to get into The Miniaturist. I was really thrown off by the third person present tense narrator, which you don't see much of in literature. The book also has a fairly slow start, but it picks up a toward the middle, and I thought that the latter half was quite rich. It explores a number of subjects and behavior that were fairy taboo in 17th century Amsterdam, and I loved all of the descriptions of the city.
I read We Were Liars in a day. It's not really long or dense, but it's very engrossing, and I wanted to know what happened. It's a bit on the stripped down side in terms of character, setting, and plot development, but I think that actually kind of works and makes the story stand out. In this regard, We Were Liars reminded me a lot of an Agatha Christie mystery, where not everything is explored in great detail and given multiple layers of complexity. I thought it was an interesting choice, and the twist in We Were Liars is very satisfying.
A lot of people seem to be reading this one, and I've heard very good things about it. I'm interested to see how the dual narrators work in I'll Give You the Sun, and I'm excited to delve into the relationship between twins Jude and Noah. The book also just won the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
This is another one that everyone seems to be reading, though more people are split on how they feel about it. It's so hard to pull off a successful mystery/thriller, raising engaging questions that keep readers interested and then giving satisfying answers that aren't readily apparent and obvious. The Girl on the Train is another book that is frequently compared to Gone Girl, but I'm going to do my best to set that comparison aside. I want to judge Hawkins' work on its own merits, and I don't want to begrudge it for doing something different from Gone Girl.
What have you been reading lately?