Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Moon (Stephanie Meyer)

So, another twilight. Not as good as the first, but not as bad as I was expecting. Fursploding was really annoying. Am NOT team Edward or Team Jacob. Maybe Team Alice.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue Moon (Alyson Noel)

I devoured this book in like 6 hours, so I must have liked it, right?

I don't know what it is about this YA fantasy series that I like so much, but I just do. The characters are interesting, as well as the plotlines.

Like a lot of YA, I have a problem with the stilted dialogue and obvious exposition via character's words and phrases. But then, when I read grown up books, I sometimes feel like I don't "get" everything. Guess I am still searching for that happy medium.

At any rate, for this genre and age category, I give it an A-.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Digging to America (Anne Tyler)

I'm ashamed to admit this is the first Anne Tyler I've read. So I'm not sure if I don't love Anne Tyler or I just didn't love this book. Right now, for me, they are one in the same, but I've heard such good things about the author in the past that it's hard to believe.

Anyway, the idea of the book. Two couples, one quintisentially American and one not, who have a chance meeting in an airport while both are waiting for their daughters - adoptive placements from Korea. I was so excited to read a good novel about adoption and this one just left me flat.

For one thing, though I thought the girl, and their entry into their respective families would be the axis on which the story turned, I was mistaken. Turns out they are mostly window dressing. Adorable window dressing, but mostly just props.

I think the novel is supposed to be about what it means to be (or become) an American. But I didn't see much more than stereotypes of both Americans and immigrants. That, combined with the stilted dialogue, when characters actually gave voice to some key aspects of the plot, were annoying for me.

Clearly, Tyler can write a character though. I did feel like I knew all of them. I think I would have liked the book better if we didn't get the weird love story detour with Maryam, and rather learned more about an immigrant's experience, or more about the idea of adopting a child from another culture - beyond Susan's family mostly ignoring it and Jin-Ho's family putting it on a pedastol.

Overall, B-

Friday, September 4, 2009

Eat, Pray, Love

There is A LOT I could say about this book. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It made me think and has almost convinced me to start meditating. That said, the author's tone veers from LOL-funny-and-i'd-like-to-hang-out-with-her to seriously-could-she-be-more-self-referential-and-annoying.

Would recommend to any midlifers who are agnostic :-)

Overall: A-