28 January, 2013

Book 4/100 | Bel Canto

I "finished" Bel Canto by Ann Patchett a couple of days ago. I don't even know if I should count this one on the list... fine, fine. I will. Here's the thing - I loved it right up until there was some serious profanity. The whole first 3/4 of the book was great and totally clean. And then, BLEEEEEP. From that point on, I skimmed until the end because if you've read this book, you know how intense it is and I wanted to know how it ends. The ending was horrid (in my opinion) and I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

My thoughts exactly, Gage.
I'm a little down in the book department because right before Bel Canto, I attempted to read The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli but I couldn't get past the awful dialogue, poor use of commas, and gross historical inaccuracies. 

So now I'm reading a Jodi Picoult book. I'm not a huge fan of her writing - I feel like she tries too hard - but I wanted to branch out of my literaturical comfort zone. So here ya go. Sometimes I feel like I should just stick to non-fiction, classics, and all the books I've already read. It's so disappointing to read something profane or boring or poorly written. This post is a downer! I just realized I haven't consumed much chocolate lately, so that probably has something to do with my overall demeanor. I will go fix that right now. 


  1. HAHAHAHAHA .. this totally cracks me up!!

  2. Brooke! I'm sure you have a list of books you're trying to get through, but if you're worried about reading another downer, worry no longer! Let me recommend some of my favorites. I promise you can't go wrong with this list..

    Heaven Is Here - Stephanie Nielsen
    The Power of Positive Thinking - Neale Norman Vincent.
    Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
    No Doubt About It - Sheri Dew
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
    Cheaper by the Dozen - Frank Gilbreth
    Wildwood Dancing - .Juliet Marillier

    These are two I'm currently reading. Both nonfiction and fascinating.
    In The Garden of Beasts - Erik Larsen
    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China - Jung Chang

    And these are two that my mom has highly recommended that I'm planning to read soon.
    The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
    Something Beautiful for God - Malcolm Muggeridge

    Let me know what you think!!

  3. I'm definitely going with the aforementioned Heaven is Here. Very uplifting read, finished it in less than 24 hours.
    I think I may jump on the reading 100 books bandwagon; however, I'll only do 50 as this year requires a move and lots and lots of mental stress. (I have the ability for foresight... have I not mentioned?) ;)
    Thanks for the laughter...
    OH, another recommendation, that is on my have-not-got-to list, Mans Search for Meaning, written by Viktor Frankl.
    signing off...

  4. Ew. I swear, I can't read or watch anything with profanity because it sticks to my brain and next thing I know, I'm cussing the next time I get mad! Then I feel awkward because that's not me haha

  5. Whit, thank you!!!

    Katherine, that is one of my very favorites. Let me know what you put on your list!


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