I failed miserably at reading this month. I ran out of time, and when I went to pick up the books I checked out at the library, I had no desire to read. Maybe I’m burnt out? This happens sometimes. Still, I managed to trudge through a few of my reading list picks.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
This was a surprising read. The writing was subpar, and I think the author needed to create a better picture of what 1962 Denver, Colorado looked like. I live in the Denver area and the setting didn’t feel realistic, especially from what I know of the late 50’s – early 60’s. It was fun reading about places mentioned that I know, but overall, it just didn’t feel like 1963 Denver. It felt like… 2001 Denver.
The story was intriguing. It had a huge twist at the end that I enjoyed. If you’re looking for a chick read that’s not super deep, but also still tries to be deep, this is the book for you. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was a quick read that got the job done. I found myself missing my bedtime every night because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened. Something is lacking in The Bookseller, but I can’t put my finger on it. Therefore, I recommend it.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I wanted to love The Fountainhead as much as I loved Atlas Shrugged, but I couldn’t. It still had Rand’s egotistical characters and stuck-up writing. She is a tremendous writer. But the characters weren’t as likeable and the ideas weren’t ground-breaking. I couldn’t relate to it as I did with Atlas Shrugged. Still, I enjoyed it and feel richer for the experience. I think Rand’s work is some the deepest, most thought-provoking writing I have ever read, but I haven’t read a lot of popular works like these.
If you’re looking for something to whet your appetite after reading her best novel, this will suffice, but I would recommend reading The Fountainhead first. It was on my 2016 list, but I never managed to read it.
After You by Jojo Moyes
For some reason, I didn’t want to read this book. I pushed it off numerous times. Maybe I’ve moved on from the original story and just did not care enough to read what happened to Louisa Clark. I don’t know. I drudged through, not really enjoying any of it. It wasn’t a bad book. If you loved Me Before You, you’ll probably enjoy this read too. I wasn’t in the mood for it though. I can’t describe why.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Four women go to Italy on holiday in April, and they’re all snobs. I found nothing “enchanting” about this novel. What a dud. The best part about it was the narrator’s british accent (audiobook). I hated the women’s demeanors and personalities. Not a single one was truly likeable. I guess the author did her job well. The Enchanted April was not enchanting enough for me. Please don’t waste your time. It’s a very basic book.
Hopefully my “enchanting” April will bring more time for reading (though I doubt it). What books did you read in March? Any recommendations I should add to my Goodreads list?