I set a goal to read 25 books in 2011, with a secret goal of getting closer to 30. As of today, I’m at 13! So just over halfway to the goal, just under halfway though the year. Good stuff! These are the eight books I’d read at the beginning of March, and here’s where I’ve gone since:
Oh, I just don’t know. For some reason I had a really hard time picturing these two women in my mind, even after looking for photographs of them on the internet. I thought it was going to be more about…moments of their friendship, I suppose, and less about their relationship in the broader sense. Two ladies being bffs with their dogs? It sounded right up my alley but never quite got there for me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I like this book. It’s like reading a really long magazine article.
I liked this a lot. I thought the information about the job was interesting and the writing was good as well.
It felt just a touch like…it was trying to tell the story of working for the IRS AND trying to tell this personal tale of woe and redemption? And not quite getting to the depth it needed to on either side.
But I still liked it. Interesting characters, for sure.
It was strange to not like any of the characters and yet to enjoy the story so much nonetheless. The ending was a little tidy, but after sticking with these characters through almost 600 pages and four decades, you want them to have a reasonably happy ending.
So boring! A ridiculously fast read, I literally zipped through it in about four hours the night before it was “due” for book club. I felt terrible because everyone hated it (and it was my suggested pick, le sigh). I’ll just quote my favorite review:
“This guy is a TOOL.
Whine, whine, whine, brag, whine, whine, brag, cheat, condescend, rationalize, whine some more, relate some tangential story that leaves the reader scratching their head, more whining, more rationalizing, “gee, aren’t I great? whine, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum.”
Abandoned Books! Ones I started, didn’t finish, and don’t count in the total:
I had to abandon this because I had other things to read and my library e-copy expired. I liked it so far, and I hope to come back to it at some point.
Just never really grabbed me.
I just could not get into this. I may come back to it. I was trying to make it my bedtime read and it was just a bit dry for that.