Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is haunting, poetic and philosophical. It is a historical fiction about the death of President Lincoln’s son, Willie and his afterlife experiences in the bardo or cemetery. It deals with the question of life and death and coping with loss. What I found most entertaining was the structure of the novel. Some parts of it takes sentences from different historical letters, biographies, and textbooks and arranges them to tell a narrative. I also enjoyed reading from the perspective of all of the different spirits that reside in the cemetery and their individual stories.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
I received this book in the December’s Owlcrate subscription. If you are not familiar, Owlcrate is a monthly subscription where you get a newly released YA book along with other bookish goodies. This story is about a girl who is just trying to survive the harsh, petty, life of high school. She has to deal with the school’s most popular and unlikeable girl and learns many lessons about friendship and love along the way. It also centers around a school production of “Midsummer night’s dream”. Overall, I found the story very cute and I did enjoy the characters. I just felt it wasn’t something I found would be memorable. I feel like I’ve heard this story before. I did like how light of a read it was especially after having read Lincoln in the Bardo which was heavier. I also could appreciate the bit of fan fiction the author added… I think any bookworm could relate. If you want something cute, heartwarming, and light to read over the winter this one is worth reading.
Effigies Drawings by Lawand and poems by Pascale Petit
Rating 5 out of 5 stars
This book of poetry and drawings is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t want to give too much away because I plan on writing a more in-depth review of this book and others written by Pascale Petit, however if you love poetry and want something a little different, this would be perfect.
Happy Holidays! What did everyone read this week?
My Book Rating Scale:
- It was ok, but not memorable.
- Good book.
- GREAT BOOK!
- One of my all time favorites!