Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 

Hmmm….what can I say about this book? Well, we picked it (I actually suggested it…not sure if I still stand behind my suggestion) for our bookclub because we wanted something easy, light and not depressing to read. The book is in a narrative form of letters from the weird main character (Charlie) to someone random that he knows but doesn’t want to give away his identity to this person because they might be able to figure out who he is. So the letter writing technique takes a few minutes to get used to.

To be honest, 99% of the book I was wondering if this whole story was going to have a point to it, or if it’s just going to be letters from a teenaged, high school wallflower. It does have a point to it but you’ll have to wait until the last two letters. It ended up being a depressing book once you read those last two letters though….so now I’ll have to apologize to my bookclub tonight, whoops!

It’s a very quick and easy read, took me about 3 nights to finish it and I’m a terrible reader. It’s only 175 pages so it’s a quick book to read if you are waiting for a book on hold at the library but I’m not sure if I’d recommend it as a “Yes! You HAVE to read this book!”.

 

Anyway, I’m already halfway through Still Alice by Lisa Genova, which I’m already thinking I would highly recommend.

The Midwife’s Confession

The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain is one heck of a messed up book. It’s nothing like sci-fi crazy or anything, it just is really messed up. Pretty much the only thing I can tell you about the book is that the midwife’s name is Noelle. If I told you anything else, I’d either be ruining the book or telling you a lie. And let’s get something straight, she has WAY MORE than one confession!

The book was recommended by a group of friends that all liked the book, probably not for what happens but because it’s a page turner. This is not a feel good book but I’m pretty sure it’s fiction. The book is not about the deliveries or stuff that happens during deliveries, it really has nothing to do with that. The book could have been written, “The Librarian’s Confession” and still had the same storyline so if the “midwife” is keeping you from reading it, don’t let you. It has nothing to do with home birth’s or anything like that either.

I would only recommend this book to select friends or family. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that is paranoid, that’s for sure! It’s a dark storyline so if you are looking for a good pick-me-up book, this isn’t the one. I had it sitting on my book list for a long time but it kept coming up in conversation so I finally pushed it ahead of other books to read. It’s just over 400 pages and I read it in 4-5 nights, of which I don’t start reading until about 9 or 10 at night, so it kept me up pretty late because I couldn’t put it down!

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

I read this book as a quick read when book club was only a week away and I would be getting a new book to read. I wanted something quick and light to read, so I looked through all of my free Kindle books that I downloaded a long time ago and came across this one.

I guess the only plot of this book is about a newly divorced, grown woman that is being teased by her siblings and her dad (that after his wife died, as been dating like a college boy) about getting back into the dating world via the newspaper columns for singles. The book just goes through a collection of dates and awkward situations she is put in while reluctantly starting to date after her husband left her mixed in with family drama here and there.

Basically, if you just read a really long and trauma filled book, read this to cleanse your palette before moving onto any heavy reading. I thought the title sounded familiar as a newer movie title and lo and behold it is. I really have no interest in watching it though 🙂 The book wasn’t THAT great, just a quick and easy read.

 

PS- as of 10/5/12, it is still free on Amazon Kindle