I’ve been inspired by a book on my shelf called Not Quite What I Was Planning: 6 Word Memoirs by famous and Obscure Writers. This year’s book reviews will be short and sweet–somewhere in the ballpark of 6 words each. 🙂
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Perfect hero, perfect villian, & French Revolution. (Yep, not counting the ampersand as a word. Ha!)
Also, another one for good measure:
Should’ve taken Leah’s advice in college.
How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
Not a how-to, but more of an explanation of the ways we make decisions and what effects our thinking. Not as dry as it sounds. Ha!
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A World War II novel always has a leg up on pretty much any other book. To use the author’s words, “Fear and what you [do] with it [are] two separate things.”
(The first book in this series, The War That Saved My Life is one of my favorite YA books. Check that one out too!)
Finn by Jon Clinch
Dark, disturbing look at Huck Finn’s Pap.
Note: I honestly cannot recommend this book because of how dark it is, but the writing is beautiful–reminds me of William Faulkner–and the premise is unique. Plus it’s pretty brave to take on one of Mark Twain’s characters!
My favorite example of fantastic wordsmithing: “…his own deep alcoholic alchemy overlays its own twinings and taints and endless entanglements.”
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
A boy and his butler strike out for gold and find themselves in the process.
I’m looking forward to reading this one with my boys!
January goal of 5 books achieved! Any suggestions for February?
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