Just keep reading. Just keeping reading. Someday, I might dig out from my backlog of review copies.
FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Louise Erdrich’s latest novel is quite the departure for her, but it has all of her signature storytelling and amazing writing skills. The apocalyptic air of the novel is compelling, as is the unknown future into which society seems to be devolving. A fascinating and sobering read.
Jennifer Egan’s book is a fascinating glimpse into a woman’s world in the 1940s. I was immersed into the struggles for acceptance in working in “a man’s job,” as well as the strict confines established by society and that thing called reputation. The secondary story of the New York gangster life was equally compelling, especially since it is so much more human than your traditional gangster story. I totally understand why this book is earning accolades and echo the applause. Ms. Egan made me forget who I am and where/when I was while reading. It’s the rare novel that can do that every single time you open it to start reading.
DID NOT FINISH:
Not a thing this week.
I’m glad you liked both the Erdrich novel and the Egan one. Various bloggers have been pretty cold on the Egan book so I’m glad you say it’s good & worthwhile. It received so much hype. I hesitated after initial blog reviews but now I will put it back on my TBR.
I know someone who couldn’t even finish the Egan novel. I approached it from the historical perspective and enjoyed what I learned about women working in the industrial fields during World War II. We like to think that everyone was Rosie the Riveter and welcomed with open arms, but Egan shows that is not the case. I found that part of the story fascinating.
Loved Rules of Magic!! It was so nice being with the Owens’ again.
I never read the original book, just watched the movie. I am looking forward to it!
I chose The Rules of Magic for my Botm – can’t wait to get it! I hope you enjoy it.
I was just looking at my out of control TBR. I’m never going to catch up!
Yeah, but your TBR isn’t just review copies, is it? Because if we were to count all of the unread books I own, I need to quit my job now and it would still take me a good 5-10 years to read them all.
I’m planning to try The Rules of Magic at some point too. But, sad to say I didn’t feel the way you did about Manhattan Beach…DNF’d pretty early on after feeling like I was slogging through.
I was thinking about you while I was reading Manhattan Beach knowing that you DNF’d it. I never really felt like it was a slog. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I was finding myself looking forward to reading it rather than finding excuses. To each her own, right?