Time for anther lightning round of book reviews! I’m all over the place this time…
1. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf is such a gentle, quiet novella, written in his signature style. Haruf’s last novel (he died last year) is about Addie and Louis – two seventy-somethings who have both lost spouses and live alone. One night, Addie proposes that they go to sleep together each night, just to talk and have someone next to them. What evolves is their friendship as friends and family come in and out of their lives, and how they find themselves relying on each other more and more. This novel won’t take long to read, but is worth the journey.
2. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan breaks my heart. Just days after graduating from Yale, 22-year-old Keegan was killed in a car accident. This is a compilation of her essays and short fictional works from her time at Yale. So talented, so engrossing, so tragic to know this voice has been silenced. I’m not much on short stories, but this is a great read from a unique voice.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik has been getting a lot of press as a fresh new fantasy novel, and was even a top “Library Reads” selection! Every ten years, the Dragon (a powerful wizard) selects one girl from the village to be taken to his tower to work – or something else? – for him. Though Agnieszka is sure her friend Kasia will be chosen, it is she who goes with the Dragon. Their main raison d’etre is to protect the country from the Wood, a place of pure evil. This novel started off so promisingly for me, and I really, really wanted to like it…but just didn’t feel it. Draggy and boring at times, with little character development and entirely too much wandering ’round the politics of the palace, I just couldn’t get into it. Darn it. 😦
I’ve also just read Blue Mondays by Emily Dubberley and s.e.c.re.t. by L. Marie Adeline. Both are erotic novels, but not really able to stand up as a good recommendation to what our patrons are looking for. Eh on both.