I’ve been under Tana French’s spell since her first novel In The Woods. She has such a lyrical writing style that manages to evoke such startling images in my imagination. In particular, I love how French recycles her characters in her novels so you can see different facets of them.
While not necessarily your typical mystery fare, French is one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers. I enjoy her intense focus on her characters in their growth and dissolution. She really manages to let her audience dip their toes into different groups of Irish society and experience them. The novel prior to this one, Broken Harbor, left me with chills. Showing the slow deconstruction of a person and how little it takes to make humanity snap was terrifying and eye-opening. French is a no holds barred writer, something I myself aspire to be. She creates full bodied characters that are capable of great things and of terrible things. They’re human, trying to work their way around in the world without instructions.
So follow me on this adventure into the darker side of human nature. It’s sure to be interesting if a wee bit terrifying.
The Book Battle has begun! The novel in progress is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I decided to go with the toughest category, a book with an antonym in the title. In a somewhat funny twist, I was going to read this book for another category of the Book Battle and it wasn’t until I was finishing up my list the other day that I realized, wow after about 30 minutes of looking for the right book I have one not three feet away from me. Palm to the forehead.
Having already read The Husband’s Secret, I am so excited to start this book and see what it has in store for me. I love reading books that take places in other countries, especially ones I’ve never travelled to. It’s incredible to form that mental picture of the surroundings the author is painting for you and create your own little place inside a new territory.
Here’s to 2015 being the year of the book!
Let me know what category you decided to go with first and what book you chose to fulfill that category!
With 2015 drawing ever closer, I’ve decided it’s time to pick up this long forgotten blog, dust it off, and do something fun. It’s time for a BOOK BATTLE.
My best friend, in her insomnia, found a pin on pinterest about a book challenge for 2015. My first thought, this is going to be amazing. I was born to conquer this challenge. So for the past few weeks both of us have been trying to stockpile books that fit into the different categories. And there are a lot of categories; 52 to be exact. To add too the 52 category madness, each book must be one that you haven’t read before. Ahhh! And the frantic search began.
Now the list is almost complete and ready to be put into action January 1, 2015. Here are a few of the books that made my list: The Last Unicorn, a movie I loved as a kid and never even knew it was a book until recently, Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Foer, The Secret Place by Tana French, the Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike, loved that man’s writing as a tween, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion because California in the 60’s can’t be anything but entertaining.
Fellow book readers, if your interest has been piqued, which I hope it has, I invite you, no I challenge you, to join me in Book Battle 2015. Get to know some new authors, immerse yourself in a new world, and finally read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for years. Now is the time. Invite your friends, have a competition, even read the same books to compare notes. There’s books involved so you know it’s going to be a good time.
Here’s the link for you interested folks: http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2015-36071458
I hope you’ll join me and let me know what books made your list.