Thursday, April 30, 2020

18. The Hearts of Horses

By Molly Gloss (289 pp)

This book needs a new title and a new cover. I was already a huge Molly Gloss fan and would give anything she wrote a chance and this book is fantastic. It's set in 1917 in easter Oregon and is a quiet and beautiful story of a young woman who comes into the community to break horses. It reminds me of Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Very highly recommend.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

17. Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch (320 pp ebook)

I was searching for books to give to my cousin and this author came up more than once. I ended up grabbing this for myself. It was not for me. The MC is a guy who is happy with his life, his family, his career. He's walking home from meeting a friend for a drink and he's kidnapped but the kidnappers think he is someone else from a completely different life. It's page turning but the characters were thin and it didn't work for me.

Monday, April 20, 2020

16. Eva

By Peter Dickinson (219 pp)

This book was written in 1988 when my mom was still a school librarian. She wanted me to read it and I thought it was fantastic. It's about a teenaged girl who is in a terrible accident and her consciousness is transplanted into a chimpanzee. All these years later I still think about this book and I wondered if it would hold up. I bought a cheap paperback and, yes. It holds up. There is so much going on in this book with corporations, the environment, rebellious teenagers, animal welfare. Very highly recommend.

Article on the book The Wisdom of the Apes.

Friday, April 10, 2020

15. Eleanor Rigby

By Douglas Coupland (249 pp)

This is another book that's been on the shelf forever. While I have been stuck at home I've been trying to get to stuff that's been sitting here awhile. (Also choosing books that look short and easy to read. Not a lot of mental juice for big reading right now.) I used to read every single thing that Coupland wrote but have missed the last few. This book is about a lonely woman and the son she gave up for adoption. It starts out pretty good but then it falls into a series of strange plot twists and loses it for me.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

14. The Dreamers

By Karen Thompson Walker (299 pp)

My sister-in-law gave me this book for Xmas because she wanted to give me a book but I complained already have too much to read. She picked this because it was short. It's also about a pandemic. A college student falls asleep and doesn't wake up and then others in her dorm fall sick. There is a quarantine. The town is cut off. The book follows a number of characters trying to navigate the disorder.