Finally Read Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very enjoyable. I had no idea what to expect so I was delighted to find myself laughing out loud regularly at Anne’s antics. I wish I’d had time to read the book with my eyes instead of the Audible version, though. While I like Rachel McAdams as an actress, I didn’t enjoy her narration of the audiobook. Let me clarify a bit… I thought the dialogue reading was very good but the narrative portions felt monotone and I found myself missing large chunks because I just tuned out.

Still a happy experience that took me away from the horrible things going on in the world today.

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Spies and Recipes!

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't usually read spy novels but after seeing the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation, I was intrigued enough to give it a shot. Very pleased with the tale and the character development. The only thing that I had a problem with was the choice of POV. Having different POVs jumping around within the scenes was distracting at times. The addition of the recipes at the end of each chapter made me smile nearly every time. Now I'm off to start the second book in the series.

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Review: The Mothers

The Mothers
The Mothers by Brit Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was a lot that I liked about this book. I enjoyed the developing and changing relationships between Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke. The other characters in the book added a lot but didn’t take over in any way. I thought the writing was very good and I loved that, unlike most mainstream books I’ve read, being Black was the norm and the only time the race of an individual was mentioned it was to introduce a white character. It was refreshing.

I wish the book had ended differently and I wish the narrator of the audio book had sounded more natural for the parts of Nadia and Aubrey. The dialogue in those sections was great but the narrative was stiff and the words were over-enunciated.

I certainly enjoyed the story and would even think about reading it again at some point, but with my eyes.

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Review: In Cold Blood


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m happy I finally read this book. The way Capote uses imagined dialogue and scenes involving the killers made very unsympathetic people/characters somewhat sympathetic. Once I felt that at least one of the men, Perry, was a kind soul who couldn’t possibly be the one who pulled the trigger, Capote hit me with what actually took place. The whole murder scenario was a punch to the gut after taking his time building the characters into real human beings, the victims and the murderers.

It’s a story that will stick with me for a good long time.

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