It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12.0

Happy Monday everyone! This week I am participating in the “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Book reviews from last week:

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

My thoughts on books I recently finished:

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Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Mike Ford is a former con artist who’s been plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom to be an associate at The Davies Group, Washington’s most high-powered and well-respected strategic consulting firm. Their specialty: pulling strings and peddling influence for the five hundred most powerful people inside the Beltway, the men and women who really run Washington — and by extension the country, and the world.

The namesake of the firm, Henry Davies, knows everyone who matters; more importantly, he knows their secrets. Davies’ experience goes back 40 years — he worked for Lyndon Johnson, jumped shipped to Nixon, then put out his own shingle as the Hill’s most cut-throat and expensive fixer. Now he’s looking for a protégé to tackle his most high-stakes deal yet, and Mike fits the bill.

Quickly pulled into a seductive, dangerous web of power and corruption, Mike struggles to find his way out. But how do you save your soul when you’ve made a deal with the devil?

For the most part, this novel did everything you can ask for from a thriller. It was fast-paced, the protagonist (Mike Ford) was likeable and someone you wanted to root for, and it was gripping enough to make you want to hurry up and finish it. Like most thrillers, the romance between the protagonist and his lady was somewhat boring and predictable, but it was believable enough within the context of the story that I was still rooting for them to be together. There were a few plot twists I didn’t see, but overall  nothing really surprised me that much.

I think the most annoying part of the book for me was Quirk’s characterization of Annie, the female protagonist. Whenever her character had any dialogue it was very clear to me that this was a man’s attempt at writing female dialogue–it was seriously cringe worthy at times. She was also naive to the point of not being not realistic…really no one is THAT clueless. Overall, it seemed like Quirk’s efforts to make her likable and feminine just watered-down her character to the point where she seemed dim and weak.

Overall, this is a good, if not memorable, thriller. It’ll keep you entertained but won’t leave you begging for more. 3/5 stars.

Books I recently read:

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

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The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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This Week I am reading:

jk-rowling-the-cuckoos-calling

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

This Week I am listening to:

i-am-forbidden

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I Am Forbidden brings to life four generations of one Satmar family.

Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara. As the two girls mature, Mila’s faith intensifies, while her beloved sister Atara discovers a world of books and learning that she cannot ignore. With the rise of communism in central Europe, the family moves to Paris, to the Marais, where Zalman tries to raise his children apart from the city in which they live.

When the two  girls come of age, Mila marries within the faith, while Atara continues to question fundamentalist doctrine. The different choices the two sisters makes force them apart until a dangerous secret threatens to banish them from the only community they’ve ever known.

A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alison Doherty
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 13:30:41

    Ooooh I’ve been meaning to pick up The Interestings. I’ve heard great things.

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  2. Lindsey
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 22:07:12

    I will be interested to read your thoughts on I Am Forbidden. I’ve had that book on my list for a while!

    Reply

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