I’m on a roll, getting in 5-6 books each month lately (see what I’ve read each month in my Book Review series). This month I got through five books (and lots of podcasts!). December during the holidays is usually a heavy reading time, so I’m looking forward to getting through a lot of books this month as well.
NOVEMBER BOOK REVIEW
The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman
Anyone who put their lives at risk to help hide and save Jewish people deserves their story told. This true story also became a movie, which I need to see now that I’ve read the book. While the story of how Antonina and Jan Żabiński used their zoo in Warsaw, Poland, to save 300 Jews is heroic, the story seems much more gentle and less stressful than other war stories. I wasn’t clenching my teeth while reading it like I have reading other books about World War II. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just different. Beautiful really.
Either way, if you saw the movie or didn’t I think the book is worth the read. While I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite war story, others stood out to me more, it is very good.
The Silent Wife, A. S. A. Harrison
I feel like this story actually happens to a lot of people in some form but is never told. Or at least I bet some of people think of doing things like this but (hopefully) never act on them. A dark novel about marriage, it was definitely a page-turner. When on the first page you read the word killer — you are just waiting for it to happen, but the author takes her time in revealing how the story unfolds. I could definitely see this book as a movie. A good thriller if you like to read about messed up relationships.
What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons
I listened to this book and I must say, I don’t think that’s the way to go. The way it’s written doesn’t lend itself well to an audiobook so I recommend reading it versus listening. Because I listened to it, I don’t think this book had the same impact on me as it would have otherwise. It’s a sad story about grief and absence. I don’t know that I would have loved it or liked it too much more had I read it versus listening, but I’m sure others who’ve had a relatable experience to the author’s would enjoy it more than I did.
According to a Source, by Abby Stern
This is definitely a chick lit book, in a good way. An easy read, I flipped through it in just a few sittings. Everyone loves the behind-the-scenes in Hollywood and you definitely get that in his novel. The author, Abby Stern, was a freelance celebrity reporter so if anyone is going to write a novel like this successfully, it’s her. It sort of reminded me of Star Island by Carl Hiaasen.
It would be a great gift for anyone in PR, or maybe a college student who is studying PR, advertising, writing, or wants to be involved with Hollywood or celebrities in some way. Or anyone obsessed with celebrity gossip magazines.
For a debut novel, it was very well written. I’ll be interested to see what Stern comes out with next.
The Vegetarian, by Han Kang
This was our book club book last month and similar to a lot of our book club books, half of us really liked it and the other half felt meh about it. For me it was interesting, kept me turning the pages for sure, but I didn’t love it like others did. It’s definitely interesting and strange, but I’ll get more into it in the full post about the book.
What have you read any of these books? What have you read recently? Please tell me in the comments below!