Twitterature (July 2014 Edition)

July 15, 2014 — 11 Comments

Yesterday, I listed some of my recent and perennial favorites for Summer Reads. Today, I’m joining the Twitterature bandwagon once again to mention what I am currently reading. Join the fun over at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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Recently Finished:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter: A story of 60 years unfolds, involving an Italian inn keeper, a young actress, a screen writer, and one of Hollywood’s biggest movie flops Cleopatra. This is a book where I loved the themes and characters, but I know some of the content would upset my friends. Love it. Won’t recommend it.

Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl: Billie Breslin left California and her past to work at famed New York food magazine Delicious! Yet, when the magazine suddenly shuts down, Billie stays to field customer complaints and finds a new pen pal from the past. I wanted to love this book more, but I think some people just have to get their first novels out of the way to write a better one later.

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir: I gave this book to my husband without reading it first (rare); however, when someone describes a book as “like Castaway in space,” I knew my husband would love it. And I probably wouldn’t. I was right. Tyler loved this book. He says it’s funny and interesting not because of what happens, but because of how it happens.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I actually read this book a few months ago, but I never mentioned it on the blog. Why would reading a book about teenagers falling in love be interesting? The characters. You can’t help but cheer on these two kids as they navigate the murky waters of adolescence. (The Kindle edition is currently $5!)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I love John Green’s novels. I love John Green on Twitter. I love John Green on YouTube. He’s just a remarkable human. However, I avoided reading this book for over a year. Cancer hits a little close to home, so I expected to spend weeks sobbing over this book. Guess what? I didn’t. I barely teared up reading this book, but you know what? I still loved it.

Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jaqueline Winspear: I actually mentioned this book yesterday, but I did just finish it. I’ve been wanting to read Maisie Dobbs for a while now, but someone lost the first two copies at my library. I decided to go ahead and grab the third book of the series. And I enjoyed it even without reading the first two novels.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautifulby Myquillyn Smith: Also mentioned yesterday. Also finished it this month. Also loved it. I recommend the hardback.

In the Middle

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley: I’m reading the second Flavia De Luce mystery, and I’m loving hanging out with Flavia again.

Jayber Crow: A Novel by Wendell Berry: My friend gave me this book months ago, and like the terrible person I am, I keep putting it on the back burner. No more, I say. No more.

What are you reading this month? Find more books to add to your stack at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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11 responses to Twitterature (July 2014 Edition)

  1. I just read The Martain in 2 days! Very engaging. I enjoyed it.
    Took my book club to The Fault in Our Stars last night since we read it a while ago, it was a good film, but you have to let go of your expectations of the characters from the book.
    Read the first Flavia book! I loved the 1st one, but not the second one so much.
    Jayber Crow: Do you recommend? It’s on my list.

    • My husband loved The Martian! I may have to read it after all. haha.

      I’m having the same issue with Flavia the Second. I love her character, but I’m slogging through it. Very different from the first book.

      I’ll let you know about Jayber Crow. The prose is beautiful, but it’s slow moving, so the jury is still out.

  2. These sound good! I should do a In the Middle section of my Twitterature. So many books of just gotten started or not finished in time for the linkup. I loved Eleanor and Park, and I think about Nester’s philosophy often! Thanks for sharing! P.S. I dig your bio! :)

  3. I’ve seen the same basic thoughts of Delicious!: good, but not phenomenal. Would you recommend skipping it? I’m reading her Garlic & Sapphires right now and am loving it.

    jennakristine.com

    • Jenna,

      From what I understand, Reichl wrote non-fiction memoir (like Garlic and Sapphires), and most of my trusted friends love these works by her. Delicious is her first novel, and it fell flat. In her zone, food descriptions, smells, chefs in a kitchen, the book was great. I got annoyed with the plot pieces and overall narrative arc. It was pretty predictable. I would say stick with her non-fiction and pass on the novel.

  4. Ha! I just finished Beautiful Ruins yesterday and probably won’t even mention it on my blog because of some of the content not sitting well with my readers. (I really liked it though).

  5. For me, Beautiful Ruins was one of those long, meandering reads that at various times I wanted to punch or stop reading, but when I stuck with it I had a change of heart at the end and really liked it.

  6. yay for maisie dobbs, fault in our stars, and eleanor and park. all great reads i’ve read in the past few months and loved! and good to know about beautiful ruins. i’ve seen it around. i’m not a big fan of long-winded novels.

  7. I’m having a hard time singling anything out because all your descriptions are so perfect. (When will Reichl’s second novel come out?? I didn’t love the first, to put it mildly, but want to see what she does with #2 now that her first is out of the way.)

    I backburner-ed (that’s a word, right?) Jayber Crow, too. It’s so easy for me to do that with those slow, thoughtful, gentle books. But when I finally read it I was sorry I waited so long.

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