Amanda Gates

Four Books, One Post

I took a couple months off from blogging, so I have a backlog of already-read books that I still need to blog about here. I’m going to play catch up with a four-books-in-one post, because 1.) I want to catch up, but mostly because 2.) It’s been a while and I don’t remember enough about these books to warrant full posts for each.

The Fifth Vial: I was out of books on my Kindle and only had a few on my shelf and they just weren’t calling my name. I saw this book in my husband’s stack, though. I’m not really a mass-market crime fiction type of reader, but they’re good every once in awhile to break things up. But mostly? My mom lent this book to him a couple years ago and there it sat. I miss her and I wanted to feel close to her again. While reading, I frequently flipped to the inside cover to look at her hand-written “8/09 – Good,” a note she wrote in every book because she read so much she wouldn’t remember what she thought of them (or would get halfway through and say, “Amanda, I think I’ve read this before!). The book is predictable, but fun. Plenty of action and a quick read. Scary to think there’s most likely a very similar, real-life black market out there for organ transplants – meaning, those with the money and the good reputation get, while those who are poor or deemed worthless die.

Out Stealing Horses: I’ve had this on the shelf for years, ever since it was new and earning rave reviews. It’s a translation from Norway that transfers between present and past during the life of a boy of 14 and a man of 60-something. It moves rather slow and ends rather abruptly and without much fanfare, but the book doesn’t have much fanfare to begin with. I found myself skimming a bit and wasn’t especially thrilled with it.

A Scattered Life: Karen McQuestion is a self-published Kindle author, the book sounded nice and for $2.99, I thought, Why not? It’s a very simple story about a young woman, her husband, her mother-in-law, her neighbors… I liked the journey the main character takes, the MIL drove me nuts (and I think she was supposed to) – it’s a good example of how a story can be simple and short without much depth, yet still be a decent read. Not everything has to be Cutting For Stone-detailed and prose-heavy (though, loved that, too).

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet: A freebie from work – love those! And this was a great one. Another book moving between the past and present, this time of a Chinese American man – from teen years to his 50s, I believe. You learn a lot about WWII and the United States’ treatment of Japanese (Americans!) after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Plus there’s love and music and friendship – a really wonderful, moving story.

 

 

 

 

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