Book 16

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

If you’re read Jane Eyre you might like this book. It gives Bertha, the woman locked in the attic, her own back-story.  Rhys really wanted to write something that showed WHY Bertha was the way she was.  This book talks about her inability to connect with any one culture or race and her difficulties growing up and maintaining a “normal” life.

Year 3 Book 1

Trader by Charles de Lint

If you’ve been following this blog you know that I don’t often write descriptions for the books I read, but I need to write a little something about this one.

Pretty much anyone who has talked to me about literature knows how much I love Charles de Lint. I’ll buy any book of his that I come across in a second hand store. While my collection is still too small for my liking it consists of about 11 books or more.

This novel combines the fiction from him that I love and with an added perk: there’s a lesbian storyline! I’m not sure if I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading a book that had a lesbian couple in it that isn’t the main focus of the book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that. But it’s also really nice, and really comforting to read a book with an lgbtq relationship that’s just “there”.  

Book 2

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

I read this book because it’s a lesbian fiction “classic”. However, I was not crazy about it and only started to like it/feel indifferent about it at the very end. I found the characters incredibly frustrating so much so that I couldn’t relate to them or take anything that they did seriously. Kind of fitting that it’s called “The Price of Salt” when the characters are so fickle that everything they do much actually be taken with a grain of salt.

Book 25

The Mystery of Grace by Charles De Lint

It has been very long, too long, since the last time I read a book. I’ve been chipping at this one for a few months and finally finished it.  But don’t think for a second that that is because I didn’t enjoy this book.  Charles De Lint can do no wrong in my book, and this novel is no exception.  The beginning feels a bit slow, as do some of De Lint’s works.  However, it’s not the same kind of slow that makes you put down a book. It’s a slow deliberate unraveling of a world. It’s a delicate process that allows you to fully understand a character.

Book 24

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I’ve had a copy of this book since I was 11.  A teacher gave it to me when my family moved away from the school district. Eleven years later I finally got around to reading it.  Which is absurd considering I’m (distantly) related to Bradbury and I’ve been meaning to read it for years.  I enjoyed it a lot.  There were parts I didn’t like but those mostly come down to the fact that any dystopic novel is going to have bits that you don’t necessarily like, but continue the narrative of the book.

Book 6

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

This was the first book from my Indian Writers Abroad class that I thoroughly enjoyed. Granted, it’s only the 3rd book.  It’s a story about a somewhat extended family and their troubles living in Bombay. Some of the troubles are created of their own accord, while some are created by the government and city they live in.  Nariman Vakeel is an old man, once in love with a woman named Lucy and forced to marry Yasmin.  Yasmin’s children from a previous marriage, Jal and Coomy grow up to be fairly bitter towards Nariman.  Roxana, given birth to by Nariman and Yasmin has a husband Yezad and two sons, Murad and Jehangir.  Nariman, suffering from a broken ankle and Parkinson’s is forced to stay with Roxana’s family in their small home.  Matters of money, religion, and of course family are prominent throughout the novel.  It doesn’t have a terribly happy ending, but if thats what you look for in a good book, then I guess you’ve got a lot of great novels you’ll never read.  I loved the way this book was written.  It was the first book this semester that I really got into and paid attention to while I was reading. I could picture everything happening and I felt invested in the characters.  Wonderful wonderful read.