Single White Female Fiction

I couldn’t have planned this better if I’d tried. Not only are the last two books I read historical fiction, but they are both of the Single White Female variety. Yes, I am referring to that creepy (and terrible) movie from the early-nineties in which a woman becomes obsessed with her female roommate:

These two books feature female friendships that go beyond the typical BFF-relationship and stray into the dangerous, you-really-need-to-see-a-therapist realm. Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice Meets The Bachelor

imgresEligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Curtis Sittenfeld
Published April 19, 2016
512 pages (hardcover)

DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Random House Publishing Group, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What it’s about: In this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet family hails from Cincinnati. Drily witty dad and hoarder/online-shopper mom live in a crumbling (and spider-infested) old mansion that they can no longer afford (they’ve squandered a sizable inheritance). Jane and Liz have fled Cincinnati for NYC (where Jane is a yoga instructor and Liz works at a women’s magazine), while the three youngest Bennet sisters still live at home. Middle-sister Mary is reclusive and secretive (because, the family suspects, she is a lesbian) and working on her third master’s degree. Kitty and Lydia are beautiful, unemployed CrossFit enthusiasts who are obsessed with the Paleo diet. Continue reading

Still Searching for Some Good Light Reading . . .

After the string of get-me-down books that I wrote about in my last post, I was determined to treat myself to some lighter, fluffier, more enjoyable fare. I managed to read two books that were definitely lighter and fluffier (hooray!) but weren’t very good (boo!). I also read a kids’ book about Japanese internment, which (although pretty good) was decidedly not light, not fluffy, and not enjoyable. So, my quest for good fluff continues. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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All the Light We Cannot See

18143977All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
© 2014
530 pages (hardcover)

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have some book prejudices. I generally dislike books:

  • That are over 400 pages
  • That employ split or jumping chronologies
  • About war (or, frankly, that could be classified as historical fiction, generally)
  • With overly flowery writing

Bearing this in mind, there are some books that I know I should probably avoid, because, based on these prejudices, they’re set up for failure. All the Light We Cannot See is one of those books that covers a bunch of my book-prejudice bases:

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
© 2011

I recently reread The Sense of an Ending for a book club.  It won the Man Booker Prize in 2011, and I had read it then.  Before rereading it, I vaguely remembered the premise of the book and how it wrapped up.  I remembered reading it on a plane (but I have no recollection of where I was going).  I remembered some of the characters but not all of them.  I remembered a couple salient plot points but not in great detail.  In fact, I didn’t remember much about the book at all.  And I didn’t remember liking it a whole lot.  But I couldn’t have told you why.

Mind you, this first reading was only two years ago.  Memory is a bitch.  And, appropriately, that’s what the book is all about. Continue reading