I hope the weekend is treating you well and you’re finding time to read! Lately I feel like I just can’t make much progress, but the tide may be turning, since last night I knocked out a big chunk of my current read, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.
Now I know I just wrote a post about not being able to choose a book on a whim. But that’s pretty much how I chose this particular book! I love the Goodreads List 2016: What Women Born in the 1970s Have Read So Far This Year. This is the fifth year that the list has existed. I am kind of obsessive about putting down what I read on that list and seeing where it falls, how many other people are reading it, etc. I don’t know. It’s just my jam. So far this year the top two spots have alternated between The Nightingale and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
I read Girl on the Train, and it was just… okay. I know so many people loved it, but I really feel like there are so many better written thrillers out there that didn’t get the attention they deserved in the shadow of GOTT. So basically I decided to read The Nightingale because “everyone” else is reading it and I want it to beat GOTT for the number one slot on the Goodreads list! Am I insane? Quite possibly.
I have never read Kristin Hannah before, but I am told that this historical novel is a departure for her, because she usually writes contemporary women’s fiction. (Whatever THAT means. That seems like such a bogus, made-up genre to me, but what do I know?) It’s set in France in World War II, and the main characters are sisters – an older one who is married, a mother, and more reserved, and an impetuous, brash younger sister. I will say that the plot of The Nightingale has me turning pages super-fast. But as I get over the half-way mark, the SAD STUFF starts really piling up. And I find myself having to skim over certain sections, especially about mothers and children. The writing is okay. It’s not bad. But it’s not really the quality of writing that rings my bookish bell. However, the story is indeed compelling enough. So I predict that by the end of the weekend I will be done with The Nightingale. Next on deck after that: Paul Beatty’s The Sellout. Talk about bookish whiplash!
On a totally unrelated note, I feel compelled to share something that one of my book group members put on Facebook the other day. It’s a Jane Austen Bingo Card! I think it’s been around a while, but you may have seen it floating around lately. I absolutely cackled when I read it. Click the link and be prepared to laugh. You don’t have to be an ardent Austenite to appreciate it.
What are you reading right now? Have you read The Nightingale, Girl on the Train, or The Sellout? Tell me in the comments.