August Mini Reviews (2013)

Mini Reviews - August 2013
Mini Reviews

WHOA. Hey dudes! Looks at this: I only have TWO mini reviews for the entire month of August. That means I actually wrote FULL reviews for month of the books I read last month, and that is awesome! Also, I didn’t read any novellas or short stories in August, which would normally contribute here. Alas. Here we go!

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann2 Stars
This one was a book club pick, and just from the description I was a bit dubious about it, but my friend said she’d heard the writing was beautiful, so I came to it with an open mind. It took me a while to get used to the writing, honestly, but once I got in the rhythm, it was okay. The story, however, was frustrating. Every time I got myself properly immersed into a person’s story, it would switch to someone new. The ties that bound all these characters through time — and across the Atlantic — were loose and hard to keep track of. I really felt this book was a let-down, because I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and their (supposed) threads through time. I probably would not recommend this.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 4 Stars
All I knew about this book, going in, was that it was a classic a lot of my friends really enjoyed. From the beginning, I was charmed by Esther, and found myself laughing out loud quite often while reading. I really enjoyed her inner thoughts, and felt that I could relate to her pretty well. Then the second half of the book happened and I realized I was in Girl-Interrupted-ville. While I realize this is autobiographical, I didn’t understand why Esther suddenly lost her steam when she seemed okay before. Her experiences afterward were interesting, but I felt my enthusiasm waning as I continued to read on. In the end, I enjoyed the book, though. And the writing is just outstanding!

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  1. Yay for full reviews! You know someone’s a book blogger when they cheer over writing full book reviews. ;)

    TransAtlantic: I vaguely remember seeing you post something about this book a couple of months ago, but I’m not too sure. Either way, I had no intentions of reading it, and even if I did, they were quickly banished by this. Beautiful writing doesn’t really do much to boost my opinion of a book, and the constant switching of stories part really grates on my nerves. The non-relatable characters put the nail in the coffin. I do love the cover, though. It’s simple, but there’s something about it that pulls me in.

    The Bell Jar: CLASSICS. Okay, I tend to stay far, far away from them, because they just aren’t for me! But this: “I was charmed by Esther, and found myself laughing out loud quite often while reading.” — that’s a major plus, in my opinion. Usually books aren’t able to get much of a physical emotional response from me (that’s why I hardly cry or laugh out loud), so it’s always surprising in a good way when something of that sort happens.

    • Haha, no kidding! I’m really surprised that I only had 2 minis for August, but I’m not sure if I can keep up that pace! Yeah, pretty much, TransAtlantic was a bust. Would not recommend. BUT. The Bell Jar? Yes, read it! It’s one of those classics that doesn’t really feel like a “classic” — it just feels like a novel (a beautifully and cleverly written novel). ;)

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