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Book Review: The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally The rather formal writing made for a bland and not very appealing story. I couldn’t really get into it, because it didn’t feel all that real.

Book Review: Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Böll

Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Böll An intriguing look at one family’s experiences through two world wars in Germany, as seen from different perspectives and points in time. However, the writing can be a rather weighty and takes work to get through, especially with so many perspective changes and so many people to keep track of.

Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery I thought I’d read this once long ago, but reading it now, it felt very new to me. I remembered some parts of it, but others seemed completely unfamiliar. My only guess is that I confused memories of it with the TV adaptation which may have merged multiple books in the series.

Either way, it’s a lovely book, full of wonderful details of Avonlea and the people in it. Anne is quite an imaginative and chatty young girl, but it’s nice to see the world through her eyes. She sees beauty in the smallest things, something that becomes harder the older we get (at least for me).

Book Review: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin I first heard about Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin on NPR, and my initial thought was that it sounded rather depressing, so it might not be a great book to read. However, I decided to request a copy at the library, and I’m so glad I did.

Yes, the story is depressing. The mother in a scattered family in Korea goes missing, lost in a train station when traveling with her husband to the city to visit her children. She has had some health issues and not been very clear of mind, so the family has to do all they can to find her.

The book switches perspective between different members of the family, most of whom end up focusing on their guilt in what happened, as well as in remembering the missing woman from years past. It’s a really difficult read, especially as the story unfolds, but it was really well written and I cried when I finished the book.

It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I got so emotional over, especially after quitting on so many mediocre books. I’m very glad I read this book though, and I would highly recommend it!

Book Review: The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters

The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters I don’t remember how I found The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters, but I’m so very glad I did. It was such a delightful read that it’s one of my favorites now.

Yes, the story meanders a bit, and it might feel like not much happens overall. But the journey there is what really makes this book, and it’s such a very Japanese book at that.

The details of the scenery and surroundings are simple, but they slow you down and make you want to savor the images created in your mind. I wanted to pause after a section or chapter, just to let it sit in my mind before moving to something new.

It is definitely a book about culture, but also about relationships, mainly about how things aren’t always so black and white. The characters felt very real to me, and I wanted to step into their shoes a bit more, even if just to see the places they inhabited.