In an effort to maybe, perhaps, hopefully get caught up on all the books I haven’t reviewed, I’m planning to start doing mini-reviews every couple of weeks for books that I read but didn’t have much to say about. If you have more specific questions about any of this week’s titles, leave them in the comments!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca was my plane read to NYC, so I don’t think it got the attention it deserves… I have a hard time concentrating on planes. For the most part, I thought it was a good story, but I really didn’t like the narrator. It’s that I necessarily have a difficult time with passive narrators. They can sometimes be a lot of fun. But obtuse narrators? Narrators who, for some reason, cannot see what is RIGHT in front of them? They drive me nuts. And the second Mrs. de Winter… she really is obtuse. So… fun read, but also sort of aggravating? It’s a classic, so I’m glad I read it.
The Long Shot by Ellen Hartman
After I finished reading The Sparrow, I needed palate cleansers. I had impulsively bought The Long Shot because it was the “Sizzling Book Club Chat” selection at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for May and it sounded sort of fun and so completely different that I could read it without comparing it to The Sparrow. I enjoyed the story, particularly the relationship between basketball playing brothers — both with secrets they are keeping from each other and the people they love — but I wish there had been more sexytimes in it. So… pretty good?
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
I read Catch-22 as an informal read-a-long with Jill (Fizzy Thoughts). I loved the way the book was constantly twisting around on itself (with every sentence, paragraph, and chapter seeming to contradict themselves), but that also made it really hard to read. I thought that last quarter of the book was absolutely fantastic, but I think that’s also when I finally had a grasp of what was going on. So… this is one I will need to read again, I think, to really appreciate it.
Disclosure: I bought all three of these books myself. #bookaddict