WWW Wednesday 7/16/2015

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What are you currently reading?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy

 

What did you just finish reading?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Shining by Stephen King

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

The Goldfinch

I have been absorbed this weekend, the last weekend before things really get moving. We leave for our three day Dallas trip on Tuesday…and I’ve been curled up on my couch, eyes glued to The Goldfinch. Oops. Such is my life. Hey, I did get the laundry through the wash, so I can pack this afternoon!

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Donna Tartt’s novel is a meaty one. 771 pages, full of some serious themes. You wouldn’t think by looking at the fairly bland cover–just a simple pretty bird hiding in a torn white foreground–but this is a book full of drug addiction and depression. It is not an easy book to get through. The basis of the story is a bomb attack on a museum, and a boy caught in the crossfire. An important piece of art goes missing at the same time, and his world crumbles with the building.

Theo is the type of person you normally think of on the outskirts of a social circle, at least in my mind. The sketchy, scrawny one, that so often fades in the background. He’s always around but everyone tends to forget his tragedies until it’s too late. His best friends are always the popular kids, the rich kids, and often, the brawny protectors. Someone he can cling to. But eventually, there’s always a point where he drops off the cliff, and his rock bottom.

This is one of those stories.

If depression and addiction are triggers for you, don’t read this. There’s also some gun violence towards the end.

This book consumed me. Tartt draws you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The relationships are perfect, although I was convinced at one point that Theo was homosexual–so intense was his connection with Boris. I loved their friendship, rocky as it was at the end. And Hobie. Hobie was such a beautiful “dad” to Theo. I wanted to kiss him at several points of the story for being so wonderful.

Read this. Read this. Read this.

WWW Wednesday 7/2/2014

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I completely forgot about Teaser Tuesday yesterday, and I almost forgot about WWW Wednesday! Unfortunately, this is much how July and August are going to go :(. Please forgive!

 

What are you currently reading?

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy

 

What did you just finish reading?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

After that, I don’t know. Probably mostly ebooks, since we’ll be packing up all my pretties soon. Sad face! It’ll just depend on what comes available on my library hold list next!