I have a lot of time to read so I figured why not pass on my reviews on novels, non fiction and travel books and apps. I hope it helps you find something to calm your day like reading does for me.
I so wanted this to be one of the books that I will recommend for years to come, however, unfortunately it wasn't. I have been so impressed by Maya Angelou's achievements over the years that I had actually put off reading this until I had the time to dedicate to what must be her amazing story.
I stuck it out until the end but I found myself decidedly non-plused. I didn't love it, I wasn't impressed by the prose and to be brutally honest I barely liked it.
Her story is incredible but I don't feel that she imparted it with anything bordering the impressive writing technique I was expecting. I was bored in a good chunk of it if I'm telling the whole truth.
Time magazine called this one of the top 100 books of all time, but I couldn't even bring myself to tell someone to read it. It just didn't move me at all and I put it down feeling sad that it hadn't. I've heard and seen interviews with her over the years and come away highly impressed but I'm sorry - the caged bird stayed eerily quiet for me.
I read to relax.
I'm not someone who tries to impress other people with what I've read. I read to get lost in the story and to enjoy the experience, While I love to try and keep up with world events, as I get older I find I'm not as good as reading non fiction as I used to be. It upsets me and stays with me for days so I really have to force myself to move into the non-fiction realm with my reading. I tend to read three fiction and then make myself read a non fiction.
This book has been in my library for about a year (maybe more) and I finally read it this month. OMG - one of the best books I've ever read. Poverty the world over is an ongoing challenge however not many of us realise the extent to which this occurs within western society. This book follows both families and land lords in big city America and while you do sometimes feel yourself screaming with frustration, you also come away seeing how indoctrinated this part of society becomes with their lot in life. It's told as stories which gives so much power to the messages, and because of this you can't take sides. It's what people feel, its what they believe and by the end of the book you may not agree but you understand their position.
NB: About 2/3 of the way through, it feels like its finished and that he is going to go into references and statistics in the next section. DO NOT STOP READING! He then tells you his story of living in this poverty cycle for a year to get the stories for the book. Keep reading - you won't regret it.
I have just red A Man Called Ove - OMG so so SO funny. I kept laughing out loud constantly and then cried like a little girl at the end. One of the BEST books I've read in years. Don't miss it. It's stunningly great.
It's a unique blend of normality and outstandingly inappropriate comments. Its everything you have ever wanted to say out loud but society bullied out of you.
Ove is a grumpy old man who is trying to commit suicide after his wife dies. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Ove he keeps getting interrupted. The current story is paralleled in the background by the life story of Ove and his wife. It is brutal in its truths and PLEASE don't let the premise of Ove trying to commit suicide put you off. It is without a doubt one of the best stories I've ever read. Love the cat!
I have just downloaded his second book and am forcing myself to finish what I've started first before I start on that but its tortuous. I know its on my reader calling me....