A Bibliophile’s Pile (5): The One Good Thing About Being Sick – More Time to Read

A Bibliophile’s Pile (as in TBR pile) is a new feature for 2017. It’s going to be very similar to my Mini Review posts, but instead of theming each post, I’m just going to list what I’ve read in the past week. Easy peasy.

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Murder on the Bride's Side (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery, #2)Murder on the Bride’s Side by Tracy Kiely (physical book / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoy the Austen references (just winks and nods, rather than entire plot points), and I liked how Elizabeth’s inside knowledge of / history with the Matthews family gave her insight that the detective couldn’t have. I like Elizabeth herself, but I often want to shake her! She is too clueless about her own personal life.

Killer CocktailKiller Cocktail by Tracy Kiely (physical book / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series is great fun! I absolutely love Nic, Nigel and Skippy. I figured out a few clues before Nic and Nigel, had some wild theories of my own, but ultimately failed to guess the killer’s identity.

A Night DividedA Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bit slow to start, but a nail-biter by the end! Excellent supplement to our study of the Cold War.

 

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Tales from Shakespeare: As You Like It by Charles and Mary Lamb (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As You Like It is fine, but I prefer Shakespeare’s other comedies. It feels like a first draft of Twelfth Night.

 

The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (audiobook / library)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My gut reaction: Ugh, I want my 32.5 hours back!

Longer review later. Maybe.

Okay, a few more thoughts: I’ve seen numerous reviewers call The Goldfinch Dickensian, and it is. The huge scale of the novel, the interesting and intricately drawn characters, the look at the seedy underbelly of life, the coincidences, the *entire plot*. Yet, there’s very little goodness, and even less humor, to balance it. Dickens could write about *horrible* things, and yet his novels end on a hopeful note. The Goldfinch is unrelentingly depressing.

SPOILER BELOW!!!


Also, there’s a HUGE plot hole. I have kids and I’ve made a will. If I felt that my children’s father (my husband) wasn’t a fit parent, I would sure as heck have made alternate arrangements in my will for my children’s care. If Theo’s mother could make financial provisions for him, WHY didn’t she appoint a guardian?!


Absolutely TrulyAbsolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was on my radar because I’m a big fan of Amy Rubinate’s narration. I was hesitant though, because I didn’t love The Mother Daughter Book Club. Then, Gillian, aka @thesunnylibrarian on Instagram, recommended it. I’ve been looking for recs from librarians for the Popsugar challenge, so I went with it. SOOO glad I did! Truly Lovejoy, and her friends and family, are delightful! I love the way Truly categorizes everyone she meets as a bird, her Sudoku obsession, and her curiosity. She bumbles around in typical Cozy mystery heroine fashion, getting into scrapes, but since she’s only 12 it actually makes sense, lol.

Challenges

GOODREADS

27 of 260

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

None

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

None

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

CRUISIN’ THRU THE COZIES 2017

None

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

A book recommended by a librarian – Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
A novel set during wartime – A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
A book that’s more than 800 pages – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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4 thoughts on “A Bibliophile’s Pile (5): The One Good Thing About Being Sick – More Time to Read

  1. rudejasper says:

    What a bummer you didn’t like The Goldfinch! It’s on my TBR but I haven’t been in a hurry to get to it. My impression was that it was heisty with really interesting characters – did not think it was supposed to be that depressing. I guess I will continue to not be in a hurry to get to it:0).

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