Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ReBooWee: Final Week

This is the final week of ReBooWee (Read a Book a Week). What book did you read last week? I read The Time Traveler's Wife. It actually took me two weeks to get through it and I think that is because this book is literary fiction.

I have heard that term "literary fiction" before but never grasped what it truly meant until now. The Time Traveler's Wife is definitely a literary piece. The pace seemed slower, the language fuller and the descriptions more lengthy. I found I wanted to savor it more and let the language, story and characters cover me like a blanket. This book, and I believe other literary works, are more character driven.

Page-turning stories like Dan Brown or John Grisham are definitely plot driven. They are hard to put down and great to spend a weekend with.

I know my goal was to read one book a week, but I have to admit, it was nice to slow down a little and get lost in the language of The Time Travelers Wife.

What kind of book did you read last week? Did you enjoy it?


Patricia Stoltey said...

I read "To Hell in a Handbasket" by Colorado mystery author Beth Groundwater. It is fast-paced with a couple of excellent plot twists. I liked all the background info on skiing and snowboarding. If you like amateur sleuth mysteries, especially those set in Colorado, I highly recommend this one.

Janie B said...

It took me a lot longer to get through The Time Traveler's Wife. It was so highly recommended to me that I thought I would love it, but it dragged on and on. I was halfway into it before it started picking up for me. Since finishing it, I've been torn about whether or not I even liked it.

I read Bookmarked For Death, the 2nd in Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mystery series. I'm now reading the 3rd.

Jen said...

I have wanted to read it, now knowing it might take a little longer to get through I'll keep that in mind!

I read Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble, it was a cute light read about love.

Love your blog! Look forward to future posts!

Jenny S. said...

Janie, I agree with you. I also thought I would love the book, but I had a hard time getting through it. I almost gave up a few times, which I hate to do. I wonder if anyone has read Her Fearful Symmetry...?

Mason Canyon said...

I was reading "The Bone Chamber" and remembered I needed to finish "Wench" for a review scheduled this week. So I finished "Wench" and am back reading "The Bone Chamber."

I've got a review of "Wench" scheduled Wednesday on my blog. It was a very interesting read. I'm working my way through "The Bone Chamber" and it has been a page turner. A good thriller.

Sorry to see ReBooWee ending even though I haven't done as well as I wanted to with the challenge. It's been fun.

Woodswoman d'Italia said...

I read E.L. Doctorow's new book, Homer and Langley, a fictionalized account of two real brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer, who lived in New York City until their deaths in 1947. They became reclusive, living in their four-story brownstone on 128th and 5th Avenue, until the piles of newspapers and junk they collected overwhelmed them and they died buried in the rubble.

Doctorow is a multiple book award winner, short listed for the Pulitzer Prize twice, and author of Ragtime, The Book Of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, among many others.

This week, I've begun Mary Karr's new memoir, titled Lit.

Time Traveler's Wife had a very intriguing structure, and I wondered whether Neffenegger created a story board so she could keep all the time travel straight. Our book group read this book about three years ago, and though it was difficult to imagine anyone making a movie out of it, the movie wasn't bad.

If you want to really read an exquisite piece of literary fiction, try Ian McEwan's book, Atonement. I think it's still my all-time favorite.

Amy Tate said...

I tried so hard to get into that book last year, and I just couldn't. I don't know why because everyone rants and raves over it. I'm into the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It reminds me in some ways of Harry Potter...and like H.P., I can't seem to put this one down.

Kerrie said...

I enjoyed Time Travelers Wife--but wouldn't say it was my favorite. I was intrigued by the idea and like Joannah, I liked how it was structured. It was different. I agree Janie, at times it drags. Amy, like Jenny, I almost stopped reading, but I knew I had a ReBooWee post coming up, so I kept going. I do want to see the movie now. :-)

Kerrie said...

For the final ReBooWee post, I am going to compile a list of all the ReBooWee books everyone read. :-)

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