Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett
Oct 29-Nov 13, 2017

Mothers in all aspects of the word. Desperately-want-to-be mothers, "seasoned" mothers, almost mothers. How one decision can haunt you for your whole life. Nadia, the main character, is yearning to be loved. And while the plot isn't exactly groundbreaking or original, the author did a great job at gaining sympathy for each character and illustrating the inner turmoil each one faced.
"...magic you wanted was a miracle, magic you didn't want was a haunting."
I tore through this one, grateful for a bit of easier reading after the last chore I finished. I'm not sure that it will stay with me, in fact, I finished the book six days ago and haven't really thought about it since. But I enjoyed the story, the character development and the different points of view.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles
Sept 16-Oct 28, 2017

I tend to be disappointed in myself when I breathe a sign of relief after finishing a book. Especially one like this that is insanely loved by so many like-minded readers. I just could never get past the "chore" of completing the book and not giving up. I rode a few waves of abandonment. The first was early on when I realized that I had little knowledge or interest in Russian history. While it isn't mandatory to have this comprehension in your repertoire, I definitely think it would have enhanced my experience. Instead I pushed on because I began to enjoy the story of the Count's friendship with Nina. But again, I wanted to give up as I was constantly getting lost in the political history and (gasp!) footnotes. By that point I was nearly halfway through and felt some sort of displaced loyalty to the book to find out how it ended.

At one point I even bookmarked a quote:
"I think if I were a garage door, I should rather miss the old days."
I'm sure at the time I was charmed by this sentence, but for the life of me, I can't remember why. I suppose that's what happens when it takes 42 days to get through less than 500 pages. There was no doubt a generous amount of charm and the characters were most definitely likable, I just kept thinking I would have liked it more if the story stayed focused on the personal rather than the political.

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