Book A Month Club: AugustPosted: September 8, 2010
Got some good books under my belt this month! Thanks so much Lyn for the recommendations and for letting me borrow these two!
Alice and I have a special bond through ‘Practical Magic’ ( 😉 Roche). I don’t know if it is my obsession with that story that has her set apart in my mind as one of the ‘greats’, but I always enjoy her books! I think what I am drawn to is the way she develops her characters. I love that she reveals characters on so many levels and allows them to unfold throughout the story. She is realistic as she shows their actions (no matter how extremely cruel or noble or seemingly unwarranted) and how those things affect their place in society, but she also shows us that it is their experiences, their past, and the condition of their individual hearts that truly drives them. She illustrates beautifully that everyone has a story that has brought them to the here and now and that along the way, we are sometimes blessed to meet people willing to ‘forge the fire’ in order to truly understand us. I believe this in life and love reading her stories! Though they are usually pretty dark and sometimes hard to get through, I always leave with feelings of gratitude for the few in my life who have taken the journey into my heart to know me. She also writes with a bit of a mystic undertone and it just really speaks my love language… (there’s the Harry Potter fanatic coming out again)! I don’t know if this was my favorite Hoffman novel, but I liked it and I think that has been true for all of her novels I have read in the past.
The second Steig Larsson novel is AWESOME! I liked “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” but I LOVED “The Girl Who Played With Fire”! I wasn’t in a huge hurry to read the second novel and now after reading it I am not in a hurry to read the 3rd. Mostly because, one, I don’ t think it could be as good as the second and two, it is the LAST ONE! Oh how I hate it when I get to follow characters though multiple stories and then it ends… but, aside from my weird friendships with fictitious characters, I absolutely love when I find a series that I really enjoy. The characters are unpredictable and unique, the story is interesting and and there is a ton of action. This novel made me excited to share it (probably in movie form) with Kurt- that means it was pretty good 🙂 Anyone read “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest”? What did you think?