Thursday, April 23, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. March

 “No two persons ever read the same book”
― Edmund Wilson52 books in 52 weeks. The boys in the boat. Redeployment. Big little lies. Now I see you

A book with antonyms in the tittle 
Big little lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★★ (5)
This is the best thriller I have read in a while.  It takes place in Australia, the 3 main characters, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, meet because their kids are starting kindergarten together.  Since the beginning you know someone was murder at a fundraiser at the school and it is one of the many secrets this story has.  The book tackles some serious issues like domestic violence, bullying, self image and single parent-hood and but the same time it makes you laugh. 

A book you can finish in a day
Now I see you by Nicole C. Kear  ★ (3.5)
It is a memoir of Nicole, who was diagnose at the age of 19 with a degenerative eye disease that will left her blind.   Regardless her impediments, she got a degree in drama at Yale, traveled, fall in love, got married and had kids. As the time passes her disease progressed and that brought a lot more challenges to her life. 
While I read the book, I kept thinking what would I have done if I were in here place.  How difficult it should be to have a limited amount of time to see the world meanwhile slowly it becomes blurrier as the time passes. 

A book that take place in you hometown
The boys in the boat by Daniel James Brown ★ (5)
The book is about the life of Joe Rantz, whom even all the adversities in his life, studied in the University of Washington.  He was part of the row team that, against all probabilities, won the gold medal in the Olympics of 1936 in Berlin.  
This is a story about the American dream and how despite all the struggles of the Great Depression, with hard work and team effort you can achieve success.   
This book give me the opportunity to learn more about the history of the city that I called home: Seattle.  

A book of short stories
Redeployment by Phil Klay ★ (3.5) 
I have gratitude and profound respect for those you have served and those who serve in the military. They and their families give up a lot for this country, that was the main reason I choose it.
The book consist of 12 stories about the impact of the war in soldiers, the life after deployment and the aftermath of what the war does.  I was interested in the topic but it includes a big amount of acronyms to the point that some stories are unreadable.  My least favorite book of this month.

Other books I have read this year:

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  1. I was so, so shocked with the Big Little Lies ending- I didn't see it coming at all (who was murdered, or who ziggy's dad turned out to be). I've wanted to read Redeployment, but I won't rush it on my list!

    1. Me too, I usually guess what will happen but the end was totally unexpected!