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
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
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!