I haven't posted a book review in a long time, so here are some books that I've read recently!
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. Todd bought me a Kindle a couple of months ago, and this was the second book that I read on my Kindle. I did enjoy the book, but it had a lot of problems. First and foremost, there were just too many characters. I couldn't keep track of who was who, and I couldn't keep track of how they related back to each other. The entire book had a bunch of revolving story lines, and some of them related only loosely to each other. Some were never resolved. I found the "main" plot of the cookbook collector and the characters that are trying to learn more about him the most interesting, but I felt like for pages at a time we're taken away from this story to hear about some other minor character or plot point that I don't care about at all. It was an OK read, but still my favorite part of the whole book is the cover.
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand. For no apparent reason, I loved this book. I think that perhaps I had low expectations because I picked up the book on a whim at BJs Wholesale Club, and maybe I thought a BJs book could not be very good. I don't know. Regardless, I devoured it and finished it while in Disney World for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Like The Cookbook Collector, I felt like there were too many characters, but unlike it, all of the characters meshed together and made sense together. While the description of the book discusses a "mystery," this is less of a mystery kind of book as it is a book about people who just need to get their lives together. Another odd thing - I really didn't care for any of the characters in this book - they were either too whiny, too annoying or just made constant bad decisions. And still, I loved the book. Go figure! I'm putting another of Elin Hinderbrand's books on my "To Read" list on my Kindle, so we'll see if I like her other books as much.
The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle. I wanted to love this book. The subject matter (saving the oceans) is one that I love. I also admire and respect Sylvia Earle and the work that she has done trying to educate people on saving the oceans, and taking climate change seriously. I was also reading this while the Gulf oil spill was going on, so it was very pertinent. However, the book is a downer, and it is boring. I wish it had some more photos - maybe full color photos of underwater things? As it is, it's a terrific reference, but a little difficult to read cover to cover.
Ok, that's it for now. Can I just say that I totally love my Kindle? Granted, only one of these books was a Kindle read, but I still have to keep repeating it. I love my Kindle!! My co-workers think I should marry it.