Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a monthly reading round up called Quick Lit and today is the day. Well, yesterday was the day but I don’t tend to post on Sundays so I’m going to pretend that today is the day.
This list seems to speak clearly to the fact that there has been snow on the ground and freezing cold temperatures since last month’s Quick Lit. I’ve clearly had plenty of time to read.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. After many attempts in the past, Caroline finally read The Hunger Games. She had lots of things she wanted to discuss with me and given my poor memory, I had to re-read The Hunger Games in order to have any kind of intelligent conversation. I was taken again with the amazing story telling ability of Suzanne Collins. I sure would love to spend a day with her learning about her craft.
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. I really wanted to love this book and at times I did. The book was a bit Water for Elephants and a bit The Night Circus. The story is told by a female magician who is on the run after being suspected of her husband’s murder. I almost wish the story had been a straight narrative instead of one told by the character. Perhaps then, I would have been more drawn in to the tale.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Hands down my favorite book of the year so far. I will be reviewing The Girl on the Train at Great New Books next month so I won’t say anything else for now.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. All the Bright Places is one of those young adult novels that I am glad is in this world. While about grief and suicide, there was hope in it as well. Definitely a book worth reading.
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. I am in a parent book club that is run out of Caroline’s middle school. The group is made up of some current middle school parents but also many woman who have been in the club for up to twenty years. I love the group because we all come from such different places. We spend a lot of time discussing the book and so far, we’ve read a few books that I wouldn’t have chosen to read on my won. I didn’t love Brother, I’m Dying but I’m anxious for our discussion later this week. I have a feeling this will be one of those books that I enjoy more after having discussed it.