The Books of June

The Books of June

The History of Love

It's time again for another book post. Aren't you excited?

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This was one of those books, the kind where I didn’t understand how it was done, and liked it anyway. It was confusing, a bit hard to follow at times, but lovely, beautiful and worthwhile. I would never have written anything like it and perhaps that is the best part. It's hard to even try to describe the plot. Let me just say that it's a story about people, love, loss and plagiarism. Thanks to Kristina for the recommendation!

An Altar in the World by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

I expected to love this book. It was endorsed by Lauren Winner (not that I'm pointing fingers) and I love everything she's written. This book did have some good points, but in general I found it rather broad, meandering and lacking in original insight. All this aside, if you're interested in some thoughts on living life as a spiritual act, you may be able to glean something from it.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

There were several reasons why I didn't want to read this book.

1. It is popular.

2. It's written by a white woman predominantly about black women, attempting to speak their thoughts.

3. It's being made into a movie.

4. It's controversial.

All this said, I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written, (apparently) well researched and made me think.

The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. 

This ends the lovely journey of many years that I have had with the dashing and intrepid detective Lord Peter Wimsey. If you haven't read this series, go ahead and start with the first book: Whose Body? and go from there. This is a mystery series for people who like to think, be challenged, and, perhaps, pick up a few tips (just kidding). I'm all set to start reading them all over again.

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.

Known for such amazing works as The Giver, I am compelled to say that this is not her best work. However, true to the form of some of her other books (I'm thinking especially of The Birthday Ball which I loved) this one is peppered with dry humor and vocabulary words. The plot is preposterous, and, I think, that's the point.

From my quick foray into the series, I think this will please fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

What are you reading?