FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
I’m going to put it out there that Tom Wolfe’s novel has not aged well. I’m glad I read it, but I just cannot decide whether the characters are meant to be so one-dimensional and boorish or if that is just a result of a completely changed society.
Eleanor Brown’s latest was a bit lighter fare than I’m used to reading. It made me sad that the story was about two women who have/had given up their dreams to follow the path set out for them by others.
Molly Harper is just good for my soul. Her books, as performed by my favorite narrator, never fail to make me feel better about everything. Really, they are my own personal version of therapy.
Erik Axl Sund’s novel is dark. So, so dark. Severe mental illness. Child abuse. Pedophilia. None of it is explicit but it is a draining read. Fascinating but it takes a lot out of you.
Hannah Pittard’s latest novel is less draining but equally intriguing. It is a breezy read with some intriguing themes. I need to ponder these themes a bit more.
My, you put away a whole slew of books this past week!
From your description, I’m not sure I could handle the Sund. I like dark books, but some books seem like they’re dark just for the sake of being dark or for shock value. I feel this way about Palahniuk, even though I really liked his work in high school (of course). Am I getting the wrong read on this?
I think the Sund book is not dark for the sake of it. The topic is an important one and one that should be discussed more often. At the same time, I cannot see it being the type of novel most people would want to read.
I want to read the Hannah Pittard book, for sure. I read her first novel and liked it quite a bit even though I do not generally read missing-white-girl books. So I’m definitely interested in exploring her work more.
You definitely should!
Wow, you are on a reading roll!
Just a very good week!
Eleanor Brown’s book is one I want to read, but I’m surprised it’s light, not what I would call her first book at all. Your other reads are new to me. I finished THE AFTER PARTY last week and I did really enjoy it. My reading pace is way down, I’ve just been preoccupied with other things.
I can understand that. I am hoping that things will finally settle down so I can read a bit more often.
I put down The Crow Girl, just too dark and…chilling for even the likes of me.
I understand. I struggled reading it. I still have to write my review too. There are so many triggers though that I cannot imagine recommending it to anyone.