This week I finished one book, dnfed one and am currently reading one. Let’s discuss.
The first book I read was
Synopsis: “Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers”
The first half of this book was enjoyable. I liked Jane and empathized with her, but by the time we got to the actual romance between her and Rochester the book started to drag. I feel that Bronte took too long with the last part of the book trying to make the romance make sense when it really doesn’t. I get Jane falling for him, considering her experiences, but that Rochester could possibly be someone we’d root for her to be with is highly questionable and I think the author knew that too. It just made the rest of the book too long and dull.
Secondly, the writing was okay. I didn’t find it beautiful or wonderful in any way, but it got the job done. What I found bothersome, was how the author would go from first-person to third-person, even in the span of one sentence. Definitely caused some confusion.
This isn’t a terrible book, by far, but it isn’t a book I’d read again.
The book that I dnf’ed is
New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.
Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.
Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.”
Helprin has a beautiful way of writing, but he seems to write for the sake of writing instead of writing for the sake of telling a story. Because of this, I felt there was no story. I got 100 pages in and I had already gotten a headache trying to get through some of these crazy and sometimes very weird descriptive bits that didn’t always make sense. The premise of this book sounds amazing and you expect something grand, and yes you want the writing to match, but when it gets to the point the story is overshadowed by it, I don’t have much patience with it. I don’t plan on wading through 600 more pages of over-done flowery writing that doesn’t seem to lend to the story at hand.
In the end, therefore I had to dnf it, the rating becoming
Lastly, the book I am currently reading:
Synopsis: “As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past. ”
So far, only a hundred pages in and I am really enjoying it so far. I feel I have found a great mystery thriller, finally. I really like the writing and Ryan is great. Just the way Ryan tells his story adds to what makes me like this. So far so good.
That is it from me. Tell me, have you read any of these; what did you think? I’d also love to hear what y’all been reading.