Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone out there in the US, and Remembrance Day in Canada. For everyone that has served in the military thank you for your service.
If you follow this blog than you know every Monday, I will give a quick recap of my week in reading. However, before I get started, I want to recommend a movie I just saw. It is based on a book so it kind of fits. Doctor Sleep the sequel to The Shining was one of the best movies I have seen this year. Going into it, I did not have high expectations based on reviews that I have read. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Unlike The Shining this story is less horror (there is still some shocking moments) and more psychological. While The Shining focused on the Haunted Hotel, Doctor Sleep focuses more on “the shine”. If you are up for this type of movie, go see it, you will not regret it.
On that note let’s start the recap.
I Lost My Girlish Laughter – This book is a reissue of a book written in the 1930’s and it is an epistolary novel. The story surrounds a big Movie Producer in old Hollywood and his assistant. If you want to read about all the goings on how to produce a meeting, this is a fun romp. It was fine, just won’t have a long staying power with me.
The Confession Club – This is the third installment in the Mason series. These books are light fare for me. This one was a pretty good story, however there were too many POV’s. I ended up focusing on the mainstay characters of each book. I found myself rooting from them the entire time. Publication Date November 19, 2019
Celine – This book was such a surprise, and I thought it an absolutely gorgeous story. The underlying story is a mystery, but with so much depth. It is literary and Peter Heller weaves together a multi-POV story that I did not want to put down. I know this is a couple of years old now, but if you have not read this yet, I cannot recommend enough.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 – I have so much feelings about this book. One this is absolutely the best book I have read this year. I think it should with the Pulitzer. However, I am very hesitant to write a full review on this one. I have read reviews, that this should be read by every American, and I just don’t agree. For the people who lived this story were on the frontlines, knew people who were part of this tragedy, this book will be too much. This is a very detailed history of pretty much a single day. It has many people telling their accounts of this horrific day from survivors, to widows, police, fire fighters and medical. The author did an an outstanding job putting this narrative together. I found myself crying a lot without even welling up, it just happened. For anybody who want to get a little more insight into that day, read this, but I warn you this is going to be one of the hardest books you will ever read.
Well that’s it from me. Let me know what you guys are reading. For those of you who have off, I hope you get some great reading time in.