hello my little cherubs. i have been quite sick the past two weeks, particularly dealing with a bad cough, which is the story of my life whenever i get a cold, hence the no posting. last night brian told me he's looking forward to going out in public with me again, so that's kind of what i'm dealing with over here. i thought i'd talk a little about books today, since that's all i got going for me these days.
i figured i'd go with my most controversial review first. before we begin - yes, read this book, ok? however, unlike a lot of other people, i was just kind of "meh" about the book. i don't know if it was a bit too hyped or if i have a touch of a psychopath in me, but i found it very easy to know what was coming next in the book and saw the ending coming from like five miles away. maybe six. i will say this though - the author has done an amazing job of crafting a very detailed and layered story. in the last, say, thirty pages of the book though, it was almost like she was exhausted from how meticulous she had been up to that point, or thought readers would be tired from following every twist and turn, and before you knew it - bada bing, bada boom, it ended. and i just found the ending to be a little too contrived, neat, and, like i said, at least for me, a big yawn-fest since i knew it was going to happen. it's hard to go into detail on this one since i don't want to give anything away, but these are just my two cents. but i do think you should read it. and i do think i may have a tiny psychopath living in me. hopefully none of y'all ever wrong me! i kid, i kid. (or am i?)
the other book i have read during my time of illness is the book thief. i very much enjoy reading about history, and historical fiction falls into the same boat. i found this to be one of the most innovative books i've read in a long time, as the story is told to us by a narrator, and that narrator is death. it takes place in nazi germany during WW2 and tells the story of a young german girl and her family. the book has been on my mind since i finished it, and i expect it to stay with me for a long time. it encourages thoughts on humanity, friendship, love and, of course, death. there are also some parts of the book i just can't seem to shake and that keep going through my mind. it really is a book that stays with you. i highly recommend this.
lastly, to keep the depressing streak going, i want to highlight a book that i haven't read recently, but that i classify as my favorite book. it's been about five years since i read it, and i think i'm going to re-read it this year. the genocide in rwanda happened when i was too young to really know it was going on, and as i got older and realized i knew nothing about it and it seemed to be an important historical event i should know about, so i got this book. the first part of the book is, quite honestly, horrifying ad graphic, but when is genocide not? this book tells the story of what happened in rwanda and the world's efforts to eventually stop it, and while it's an incredibly compelling read, to be honest it left me hopeless about many things. humanity, africa, the UN, charity, religion. i hope to read it again this year and garner another perspective. but i bring this book up because NO ONE has read it and i really want to talk to someone about it. so if someone could read it and then give me a call, i'd really appreciate it.
finally - please leave a book recommendation in the comments! i may have to continue my shut-in life this weekend.