Today I am here to talk about and review the three books I read from the library last month! Two of these were books I read during the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon, so I've decided to just review them here and not do a wrap-up of that read-a-thon.
I only really loved one of these, but I'm still glad I read the other two, and I'm excited to talk about them!
The Pearl by John Steinbeck - This is my second Steinbeck book, and I have to say that I liked Cannery Row much better. This one just had a terrible ending. Ugh. The Pearl is short - less than a hundred pages, and I enjoyed the writing style, and also the wife of the main character - her name is Juana - but the ending was just really sad and depressing. I guess the point of this book is to illustrate the awful consequence of human greed, and it did that all right. I don't really have a lot more to say about it. I enjoyed the setting and most of the characters - they were all pretty believable - but the ending ruined it for me. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr - This book the first short story collection I've read, and while I really like the short story format, these stories were kind of hit or miss for me. I didn't enjoy Doerr's writing style in this as much as I did in All the Light We Cannot See, for some reason; all the stories seemed really surreal to me, which I don't enjoy, unless that's the point and it's about unreal things. Most of these stories were just okay, they didn't really make me feel very much. I found all of them interesting, but unlike with All the Light We Cannot See, I didn't feel much empathy with the characters or connection with the stories. That said, I really enjoyed two of the stories: "The River Nemunas," and "Afterworld." I loved those two (especially "The River Nemunas") and I would read those again. "The River Nemunas" was really moving and I got a legit lump in my throat at the end of that one. It was beautiful. Overall, I liked the collection because I loved a couple of the stories in it, but I did not loved the collection as a whole. If I could have just read "The River Nemunas," I would not have had to read the whole book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars based on the two stories I really enjoyed.
And those are my thoughts on the three books I read from the library last month! Thanks so much for reading and I will be back soon. xo, Ella