Book a Month Club: AprilPosted: May 1, 2010
And, I’m slowing down… Only got through two books this month but they were both great! On one hand I had never read anything by Nicholas Evans before and on the other I have read everything by Jodi Picoult. I was equally impressed.
The Smoke Jumper was a book that ended up having a far larger time line and emotional draw than the description blurb led on. Though sometimes this can be annoying, I was so glad that the story kept going. I liked the characters and wanted to see where their lives took them. This would probably be classified in my beach read section, but with just enough depth in the chatacters and topics to let you feel like you didn’t waste your time on something completely mindless.
House Rules definitely exceeded my expectations. Sometimes when you read the same author every time they release a new book they start to get a little bit predictable or even repetitive- not the case here. For those of you who haven’t discovered Picoult, you should. A few of my favorites are My Sister’s Keeper and The Tenth Circle, though their are very few if any that I wasn’t crazy about. The thing about her books is that along with a story that just sucks you in from page one, you get something of an education. Each book has a central controversial or misunderstood topic that she expands upon from the perspective of various characters throughout her story. Her books always leave you feeling better informed and a little bit wiser. Every time I read one I find myself wanting to share her insights and trivia with anyone who happens to be in the room while I read. This book was no exception and I left it with a more thorough understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome and a new found empathy for those with this diagnosis and their families.