I ended up with some super long books this month and thus only read 5 books in total. Also, I’m in a “just ok” fiction rut. Send
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova: I picked this up at a library book sale because it sounded familiar. So….the reason it sounded familiar was that there was already a copy on the bookshelf at home. Turns out the author visited my husband’s archaeology graduate program while researching another book, and she had a bunch of signed copies of this book with her, so he has one. (He’s never read it.) Anyway. This book is vampire novel meets Serious Historical Fiction, and while the history was interesting the vampire stuff is sooo not my thing. But if it is your thing I have a spare copy I can send you. Seriously.
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley: This book is longer than 4 average-length novels, and about 3 of those novels are good books. It tells the legend of Arthur from the perspective of the women in the story, and also does a good job of humanizing the characters who are traditionally villains. I felt like it just sort of petered out at the end though.
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen: I give this a resounding meh. It was ok, but really didn’t live up to the hype for me. I felt like the circus was the main character in the story, so if you’re into depression-era circuses you’ll probably love it.
I Wear the Black Hat, Chuck Klosterman: This book is about villainy. Or public perception of villains/anti-heroes. Or both, plus a bunch of tangents. In other words, parts were really interesting but as a whole it was incohesive.
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin: Serious question: is Baldwin required reading in whichever grade you usually read MLK, and I just missed that somehow? Whether you read him in school or not, you should read some Baldwin. I’m going back to the library for more.
Ever accidentally bought a book you already owned?
What’s your favorite super-long novel?
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