I missed some great topics when I was out of town! Today’s issue is an interesting one!
The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud
The anger that pours out of this one, right from the very first page! I was ready to give up but at the same time was curious about this woman and her rage against the world.
Zahrah the wind seeker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
The Goodreads synopsis didn’t really entice and instead confused me. But I was browsing my library’s Overdrive catalogue for a quick read and was soon absorbed in the book!
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
I hesitated too long over reading this. Why would I want to read a book that seems rather depressing and hopeless (despite the ‘Hope’ in its title)? But I’m glad I did. It was powerful and moving. Sad, yes, undeniably so, but it opened my eyes to an unknown world.
Bitter in the mouth – Monique Truong
I talk about this book a lot, but that’s because it is a truly amazing read. I had heard of it some time ago, probably when it was first published (in 2010), but it was only after two friends, both readers and writers, told me how much they loved it that I knew I had to read it. So it’s not a “almost put down” book but a book that I might never have picked up if not for good friends!
Drood – Dan Simmons
This book has the distinction of being one that I wish I had put down! It was 775 pages too long. And while initially fascinating – it’s narrated by Wilkie Collins and tells the story of Charles Dickens! – and had its moments here and there, it was bogged down by too many details and meanderings. I skimmed through a lot of it when I really I should have just stopped reading it.
What books did you almost put down and ended up loving?