Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What I've Been Reading Lately (Quick Lit)

Today I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit to bring you some short and sweet reviews of what I've read in the past month. For longer reviews, you can always find me on Goodreads.

It's been a light month for reading! Crime and Punishment took up a lot of my audiobook hours, and I'm slowly working my way through Infinite Jest on Kindle.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline: I like Kline's writing, but unfortunately too much is known historically about the book's main character, and the answer to "Who was the woman in the painting Christina's World?" turns out to be pretty boring. I also cringed hard at the way she depicted Christina's attitude toward her disability.

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie: This was a solid Poirot mystery. There weren't any of the jaw-dropping plot twists that characterize Christie's very best, but neither did it have the secret identities or logical leaps that make some of her books too complicated or unbelievable. I enjoyed it.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: While at times it was a bit too quirky for my taste, this book did have a lot of great elements — sweet misfit characters, mysteries, and multiple unexpected plot twists. It's about losing the chance for the happy ending you wanted and finding a different one instead. I'm glad my book club recommended this one.

Faithful Place by Tana French: I wasn't as on the edge of my seat with this one as with the first two, but the characters also pissed me off way less, so it was a wash. I'm still enjoying this series and plan to pick the next book eventually.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: I liked this better than The Brothers Karamazov; the characters were more complex and the book felt less didactic and moralistic. Dostoyevsky did a nice job of conjuring up the main character's feelings with pacing and language. It wasn't perfect, but I liked it, and the audiobook was excellent.

The Hollow by Agatha Christie: This was a nice change of pace from the typical Hercule Poirot novel. We spend more time with the various characters than on the murder investigation, and the clues are sparse and all dead ends. It's worth the read just for the character of Lucy Angkatell.

What have you been reading this month? Share over at Modern Mrs. Darcy!

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