Skagit readers are continuing to submit book reviews for the WARM reading challenge! All are welcome to participate by submitting a review at the library or via our website. All reviewers are entered into the WARM raffle and will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire table, gift certificates to Easton’s Books and Chuckanut Manor, book gift baskets, and MORE!
Here are some of the latest reviews submitted by WARM participants. My to-read list is certainly growing!
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
This novel begins with this line: “There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson…” But the central character of M.O. Walsh’s debut novel is not Lindy Simpson, but rather the unnamed narrator of the story–the teenage boy across the street–who is obsessed with Lindy Simpson in a typical teen male sort of way. He sees himself at the center of life’s happenings–how does this impact my life he seems to ask. And he tells the story of the years just before and after this incident as he looks back on it years later as an adult. As a teenager he’s often self-centered and insensitive to the feelings of those around him, while as an adult he apologizes for his lack of compassion and understanding. If you like coming-of-age stories, and tales of suspense where information is slowly revealed you’ll enjoy My Sunshine Away.
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Stephen E. Ambrose brings history to life, and this book about 101st Airborne’s heroic efforts in WWII is no exception. Being at the tail end of the baby boomers, I grew up with movies like the Battle of the Bulge and A Bridge Too Far. Band of Brothers personalizes those stories and fills in many of the details left out by feature films. Speaking of feature films, the HBO series Band of Brothers is on the library shelves, and it is really well made. I actually watched the series last fall and decided afterwards that I wanted to read the book.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
After two successful Teen novels, “Landline” (Rowell’s second adult novel) looks at relationships–how they evolve, what one partner may give up in the name of love and keeping the peace, and how a soulmate/friend who’s not your spouse can fit into the mix–or not. Georgie and Neal have been together since college, and his needs have taken a backseat to her career as a sitcom writer with best friend Seth. But when Georgie chooses work over family at Christmas time, Neal leaves and takes their two daughters to spend the holiday with his family in Omaha. Georgie is afraid her choice may be the final straw in a relationship that has been all give for Neal, and all take for Georgie. When her cell phone dies, she discovers an old landline at her mother’s home and uses that to call Neal. But as her voice travels across the miles, it also travels back in time–to a Christmas when they were just dating, and Neal was trying to reconcile the fact that we was in love with Georgie with the idea that her life and dreams would control their future. As Georgie talks to Neal-in-the-past over several days, she questions whether the life they’ve lived has been fair to Neal, and if he might have been better off without her. Rowell’s characters are believable and likeable, and while I was rooting for Georgie and Neal to stay together, I appreciated the friendship between Georgie and Seth, and the witty banter between them as they worked together on their next big project.
What are you reading now? Tell us in the comments!