November 24

Rules of Civility

I’ve been reading a lot of books that really have not made an impression me. It always bothers me when I read a book and it doesn’t interest me. Even though I don’t like a book I feel guilty if I don’t finish reading it. Silly, I know. Here are some books that I read that I thought were terrible

• Noah’s Compass– This was probably one of the most pointless books that I’ve read. Maybe it has something to do with its simplicity but it really lacked plot.
• Swamplandia!—This book was a little strange and disturbing. It had paranormal, child molestation, alligators, cancer and indentured worker themes—all of which did not blend well for me.
• The Night Circus—This book definitely had potential and had a great story plot but it actually had too many interweaving stories. I will post more about this book later.

In an effort to get more book ideas for worthwhile reading, I posted on my company’s Buzz website in the Love to Read group. Unfortunately, I only got one suggestion, but it was a good one– Rules of Civility.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towels
Rules of Civility by Amor Towels

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles was a very interesting read. It certainly was not a quick read but definitely a good read. The book takes place in New York City, close to the end of the depression in 1938. It begins with the chance meeting between working class first generation American, Kate and socialite, Tinker at a bar on New Year’s Eve. The chance meeting brings Kate on an adventurous year moving in the circles of New York’s elite. There were some slow parts to it but otherwise it was good. I like the working class rags to riches story. Without giving anything away, there are a couple twists and unexpected turns in the story that leave you satisfied (or at least me). Go read it.