Microreview Monday – Is This Tomorrow and 3 More

Happy Monday Guys! Hope you all had a fun Halloween. I’m back today with another round of Microreview Monday. Here are 4 quick reviews for you. Enjoy!

1. Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

Book Review of Is This Tomorrow

  • Synopsis: Lewis is a 12 year old kid living in Boston in the 1950s. His parents are divorced in a time when broken homes are a rarity, and consequently he and his mother, Ava, are ostracized by the other families in their neighborhood. Lewis’ only friends are siblings Rose and Jimmy, who are also low in the social ranking of their suburb. The unlikely trio are inseparable, until the day that Jimmy goes missing. Life changes dramatically for Rose, Lewis, and Ava after Jimmy’s disappearance. Until, years later when Jimmy is found, and they are all reunited.
  • My Review: I found this to be a really beautifully written book. When I first picked it up, I thought the story would focus on Jimmy’s disappearance. And while you do eventually find out what happened to Jimmy, it wasn’t the main part of the story. Rather, the book delved into how people are changed by the events that occur in their lives. It also dealt with the issue of divorce in a time when it was not so widely accepted.
  • Read or Refrain: Read, it’s a little slow-moving, but if you stick with it, you won’t be disappointed.

2. The Case of the Love Commandoes by Tarquin Hall

Book Review of The Case of the Love Commandos

  • Synopsis: Ram and Tulsi are in love and are determined to get married. Unfortunately, Tulsi’s father is against the match and threatens Ram. When Ram suddenly disappears, premier Indian Private Detective, Vish Puri, is called in to solve the mystery.
  • My Review: Star-crossed lovers, a disapproving father, gangsters, and a bumbling PI? This seriously could be the screenplay for a Bollywood movie. I downloaded this book on a whim as it was a Kindle Daily Deal. It doesn’t hold a candle to the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith, and there were definitely more than a few scenes that had me rolling my eyes, but it was fairly entertaining. Vish Puri has his moments as the stubborn but lovable Detective, and the mystery was definitely engaging.
  • Read or Refrain: Read – if you’re into detective mysteries, and looking for a quick and easy to digest story.

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Book Review of The Goldfinch

 

  • Synopsis: Theo Decker is only thirteen years old when his mother is killed in a tragic accident. Theo manages to survive, and is drawn to a painting that reminds him of his mother. As he grows up, Theo moves from New York to Nevada and back to New York, and the painting remains with him. Ultimately it pulls him into the art & antiquities black market world.
  • My Review: This book got A LOT of hype, so I was eager to read it. Maybe it just wasn’t for me, but I didn’t really get it. I found it very rambling and verbose. There were a lot of characters that came and went in the narrative, and by the time I slogged through to the end of this 700+ page book, I just didn’t think there was much payoff.
  • Read or Refrain: Refrain; seems like it’s kind of an esoteric story.

4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

Book review of The Circle

 

  • Synopsis: Mae is a recent hire at The Circle, the most powerful Internet company in the world (think Google or Amazon). She quickly becomes enamored with the high-technology atmosphere, the company perks, and the charismatic leaders. Mae jumps head-first into the company tenet of “Transparency” – basically being connected always, and in all ways. But, over time, she starts to realize that transparency comes with a cost, and there may be a darker side to The Circle.
  • My Review: This was a pick for one of my Book Clubs, and I really, really enjoyed it. I work in the world of digital marketing, and the issues of constant connectivity and privacy concerns hit close to home. I did feel like the story went off on unnecessary tangents at times, but overall it was definitely a chilling story that made me think hard about being “on the grid.”
  • Read or Refrain: Read, especially if you’re curious about what our digital-driven world could look like one day.

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