Feb 7, 2017

Reads for the Rest of 2016


Taking a look back on what I read in the last months of 2016, there were some books I really liked and a few I wasn't too keen on. There was also a good amount of easy, fluffy reading- just the thing for picking up and putting down during newborn nursing sessions. :)
I always have a difficult time adequately describing what I liked or didn't like about a book, so I'll only go into some them...
  • On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace- written by Hallie and just so good!
  •  Finding Father Christmas & Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  • First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
  • Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
     
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
I really wanted to love this book but a few things about it didn't jive with me. First off, I couldn't grasp what time period this took place in. At the beginning I thought it was maybe early 1900s but then was thrown off when a computer was mentioned; for the rest of the book I had a difficult time visualizing the setting. Also, I wish the author had chosen to give "The Man in the Armchair" a name. Finally, what this Goodreads reviewer said: "The ideas portrayed by the characters about happiness and truth and beauty, while I happen to agree with all of them, were heavy-handed and off-putting". It just wasn't my favorite but I know a lot of people love it!

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
Okay, I really enjoy watching different movie adaptations of P&P and other Austen novels but I did not like this book at all. The author equated modern retelling with adding pretty much everything morally controversial, and the Bennet parents are, of course, conservatives (ridiculous, racist, backwards, unenlightened...). The character of Lydia is the one who becomes the hero in the end because of her scandal- although not a scandal to those who are "morally enlightened", and the character of Elizabeth hardly has any redeeming qualities or an ounce of likeability throughout the story. I was not a fan!
 
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
This is one I wouldn't mind re-visiting again, as I really liked everything she had to say and would like her words to saturate a bit more. Maybe when the library request queue whittles itself down. :)

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story by Brenda Ashford
This was a fun and interesting memoir that I picked this up at the suggestion of a friend. It's written by a woman who was a British Nanny for over 60 years! Such a unique and fascinating life.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
Overall I thought this was a good read but here's what I found sadly ironic: the author makes it a point to show how far society has come in its treatment of the mentally and physically disabled, and she highlights the Foundations and legislation championed along by members of the Kennedy family (because of Rosemary)...but then how many babies are aborted each year because of disability diagnoses? And what about laws coming into effect that allow and push for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide? Sadly, as a society, we haven't made great strides all-around in terms of acceptance for the suffering and disabled.

2 comments:

  1. Omg, I felt that way about Miss Prim too. Definitely heavy-handed! I couldn't help but get a bit eye-rolly while reading it! And I haven't read the book about Rosemary Kennedy but I have read about her birth which was initially the reason for her disabilities; so so sad.

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    1. Yes- her birth! The circumstances in light of modern medicine are horrifying and so very sad.

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