Read, Re-read, Recommend

Currently reading:  Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Latest review:  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Like movie reviews, when reviewing a book I am most concerned with the story.  Very subjective.  Sometimes the story is dependent upon the development of characters, sometimes the simplicity or the complexity of the plot is more significant.  As I said, I’m very subjective.  Mostly I have to like it and I’m not sure how to describe it better than that.

I’ve always been a reader.  I was “reading” at four when I entered preschool… quotes because I think I had mostly memorized my favorite book Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. That was the beginning of my romance with books and reading.  Through the years I’ve steered myself toward the classics, enjoying L.M. Montgomery’s Anne series as a young girl, then moving toward Jane Austen, Bronte, and du Maurier. In high school, my teacher taught me the value of short stories, especially by Flannery O’Connor.  I’ve always loved the random mystery novel, first Encyclopedia Brown then Agatha Christie.  Lots of women writers in the mix, but male writers were also important (Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago).  Impossible as it may seem I have several favorites that rose about the rest. More about those later.

-M.

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