This was my first time reading a Murakami novel and I didn't know what to expect. Even after finishing it I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about it. It was strange, surreal and imaginative but it's also a massive book and was sometimes long winded. I found the author often revisiting the same plot points again and again, re-hashing the same events from every perspective and honestly, it got a little tedious. Even so, it maintained my interest enough and I powered through to the end. I've read that this isn't the best representation of his work so I'd be willing to give another one of his books a go. If nothing else just to see if I can figure out the Murakami craze because I still feel like I must be missing something.
So I hate to give an all out bad review but what it really comes down to is that this novel was predictable, a little cheesy and honestly, not worth the time.
From the first moment this little compilation of writings showed up on my doorstep I had a hard time putting it back down. Mama, bare is a collection of pieces on motherhood, written by new mamas about those first few weeks and months after a baby's birth. That emotional time of transition from girl to mother that can be both excruciatingly painful and mind-blowingly joyful. I can't imagine how any new mother wouldn't relate to a least a few of the pieces in this stunning collection. The stories inside span the wide breadth of motherhood experiences from despair to delight and I highly recommend this for the new or expecting mothers in your life.
Much like Murakami I had to jump on the Gaiman band wagon to see what all the fuss was about. I know it's strange that it has taken me 32 years to finally pick up one of his books, he's like, a legend. But, I finally did it. Now, I have friends that practically worship at the alter of Gaiman so I was a little surprised after finishing this one that I just sort of liked it and thought it was "pretty good". Huh? I was expecting a life altering read here, or at least a new author to obsess over whilst wildly downloading every title in his library. But I'm just like, it was fine. I think I need to read another. I've got my sights set on Neverwhere but point me in another direction if you've got a better suggestion.
So you would think that as a blogger I would be familiar with Jenny Lawson a.k.a. The Bloggess but to be honest I hadn't ever really read anything she's written before picking up her memoir. I say "picking up", but what I really mean is listening to it on audible. Which, I gotta say, I think is the way to go with this book. She reads it herself and she is hilarious. Her accent, her intonation, listening to her actually tell her own stories, it makes them all that much better in my opinion. This book was truly funny and I really did laugh out loud a few times. A fun and easy read (or listen) that I'd definitely recommend.
And this one was just a big, fat, whopping disappointment. I'm sorry Ann Patchett, but it's true. A ridiculous story of strangers held hostage by quasi-pacifist/super easy going terrorists? Just so unrealistic. But even that I was willing to let slide until I got to the end and then HATED the ending. Hated it passionately. I can't really get into it without spoilers but if you've read this WTF? Seriously. Hit me up in the comments to discuss.