In Five Years – Book Review

The first book that I read post graduation.

This was the first book I chose to read for pleasure after completing my thesis. It was a quick read (only 266 pages) and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The book wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be a feel good chick lit type of book but it wasn’t. Overall, I would say it was a good book but because it was short, I didn’t feel like I was able to get to know all the characters in the book.

The book is about a woman, Dannie, that goes through life trying to plan and control every detail in her life after an unexpected tragedy in her life occurs when she was a child. Dannie “survived” that tragedy with the help of her best friend and lives life according plan including getting engaged to her boyfriend and landing a job at the law firm she’s always wanted to work at. On the night she gets engaged, she falls asleep and wakes up 5 years later in an apartment with a man that is not her boyfriend that just proposed.

When she wakes again, she is back in the present but can’t seem to forget the man that was in her dream. Without giving anything away…I will say that I cried a bit and when I got to the end, I was going to get so mad if it ended the way the book made it seem like it was going to end because it seemed wrong. It was a good book, but not the book I was looking for. I wanted something more upbeat. I would give it 3.5 stars and I would recommend reading it since it was such an easy read.

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.

Book Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Five years ago, I was still relatively new to my neighborhood (and a little lonely). In an effort to meet more people, I made a flyer to start a book club in my development. I left a flyer at half of the tract homes in my development (I was too lazy to walk to all 700 homes).

I got a pretty good response back, so I decided to host the first book club at my house and the book I chose was My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (and no– I don’t get anything if you click on the link). It was the very first Picoult book I ever read and I thought it was fabulous. That book began my Picoult book reading. I’ve read 14 of her 19 books.

I just finished her latest book– The Lone Wolf:

Luke is a man that has devoted his entire life to researching the behavior of wolves. He even went on to live life as a wolf in the Canadian forest for 2 years. His work becomes renowned once he re-enters society and is given his own show on Animal Planet (or some similar channel). One night, when he drives his intoxicated daughter home, he gets into a car accident and is rendered comatose with little chance of recovering. The book explores Luke, his relationships with his family members, and the wolves. His tragic accident brings his broken family together to decide his fate by determining whether or not to continue life support.

In true Jodi Picoult fashion, this book is told through the eyes of several different characters:

  • Luke— the father, lone wolf and comatose patient
  • Cara–Luke’s daughter that was in the same accident but suffered non-life threatening injuries
  • Edward–Luke’s estranged son
  • Georgie–Luke’s ex-wife
  • Joe— Georgie’s second and current husband

It wasn’t her best book but it was still entertaining. I finished it in 3 days. I would recommend it as a great beach/vacation read.