So, book reviews. Not necessarily everyone's thing. But, I'm a reader. I have been since I was a kid (thanks for all the trips to the library, mom!) and I just love the sense of adventure I get from reading. I usually learn something new from every book I read, which isn't a bad thing either. So, if you're not a reader, you should be, but I'm not judging you :)
Matched by Allie Condie
I love book series and this one has been quite popular lately so I decided to give it a go. It is an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic literature trend - the small amount of people in the world live in a The Society, which is basically a socialist community where officials control everything, including who you marry. You are "matched" with your mate and expected to live happily ever after with them. There is a love triangle of course, and a brave young heroin who has decided she doesn't want to be controlled.
It is an easy read, but I wasn't entranced. I finished the first book and did not pick up the second. It wasn't that I disliked the book - it's interesting to an extent - but I just wasn't excited about the rest of the story when I finished. It is very simply written, so if you are looking for a quick read, this might
be a good choice.
The Queen's Lover
I picked up this book on the basis that was about the French Revolution, and we went to France earlier this year. I find Marie Antoinette intriguing (I read this book a few years ago - it's very good) and I love historical fiction. Let's just say The Queen's Lover has an emphasis on the historical. It is very much a historical novel, chronicling not only the French Revolution, but also the American War for Independence and the the reigns of three Swedish monarchs. It is written from the perspective of Marie Antoinette's Swedish lover, but the love aspect of the story honestly isn't that interesting, I think only because it is not the focus of the book, despite the title. The book also has some pretty awkward sexual encounters, which I feel like I need to disclose. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but that's mostly because I read it right before traveling to France. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are very intrigued by the French Revolution.
The Paris Wife
I know, I know. Kind of a European thing going on here.
The Paris Wife is a historical fiction novel about Ernest Hemmingway's first marriage. I thought it was very well-written and intriguing. It definitely takes you into a different era - the perspective and mindset of the characters in the post-WWI era is quite interesting and so different than how I see the world. I enjoyed the love story, but knowing how it ends makes you feel kind of liking you're reading on thin ice... treading carefully because you know the tides will turn. I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Hemmingway or the 1920s.
Have you read any of these books? Anyone have any other recommendations for me to add to my reading list?