Hi Guys! Time for some real talk. My schedule has been packed to the brim lately with work, family obligations, and extra-curriculars with friends. It’s been challenging to keep up with Every Book and Cranny and my review schedule. I’ve been trying to think of an easier way to keep up with my backlog of read books, and to ensure I’m posting new reviews at least 3x per week. So, I’ve decided to change up the format of my posts a bit:
- Micro-review Mondays: I’ll post 4-5 short reviews of titles I’ve recently read.
- Full Review Wednesdays will be reserved for full reviews on my absolute favorites out of my recent reads.
- Audiobook Fridays will be for reviews on the latest audiobooks I’ve listened to.
I’m really excited for this new schedule and I think it’ll help me keep my posting more regular!
Now that the business is over, let’s get to the first Micro-review Monday! I have 4 quick reviews for you guys today:
1. The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
- Synopsis: The novel starts with the narrator, Arthur Winthrop – the headmaster of an elite prep school in Vermont, being picked up by the New York City police for wandering naked around Central Park. At the police station, Arthur begins to recount the events leading to this day to the police, and what emerges is the story of his life, his marriage, and his family.
- My Review: What I really enjoyed about this book is that it surprised me. The first part of the book, narrated by Arthur, details his recent affair with one of his students and how it led to a semi-mental breakdown. But, there’s a big twist in part two, and suddenly the book morphs into a different story, discussing love and loss and how the two affect each other.
- Read or Refrain: Read!
2. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Synopsis: This book is about the Binewski’s, a traveling carny family who have bred their own children to be sideshow freaks. Narrated by Oly, the albino dwarf daughter, the story follows her parents, Al and Lil, her siblings, Arty the Aqua Boy, Iphy and Elly the Siamese Twins, and Chick, and their dark journey across the country.
My Review: This was selected by a coworker for my Work Book Club, and was definitely a book I would never picked up on my own to read. It was different…very dark, somewhat obscene, but still entertaining. Overall, I liked it – It was firmly outside of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed the challenge of reading something out of the norm. One complaint however: I felt that it was unnecessarily long. I think the book could’ve been cut down by about half and still would have achieved the same affect.
Read or Refrain: Read, but with a caveat: this book is not for everyone. There are some very graphic parts, and if that’s not for you, then I would pass. If, however, you like reading Chuck Palahniuk or enjoy watching American Horror Story, I think you’ll dig this one.
3. The Crown by Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts #1)
Synopsis: Dinah is the Princess of Wonderland, and the future Queen of Hearts. She spends her days with her tutor, Harris, her best friend, Wardley, and her younger brother, Charles. Her father, the King of Hearts, seems to despise her, and she cannot figure out why. When a mysterious stranger named Vittiore arrives at the castle, Dinah begins to sense that her throne is threatened. She starts to receive clues about what’s really happening in Wonderland, and realizes that there are dangers lurking all around her.
My Review: Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite stories, so when I heard there was a book that went into the history of the Queen of Hearts, I was really excited to read it! I enjoyed the book, but it was by no means perfect. The book is part fairy tale, part fantasy, and the author has done a good job at creating the fantasy world of Wonderland. But, the writing seemed fairly amateur, and the plot didn’t always make sense. That being said, there’s a good cliffhanger at the end, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Read or Refrain: Read, but don’t expect this to be a great work of literature.
4. Hidden by Catherine Mckenzie
Synopsis: One day Jeff Manning is hit by a car and killed. Two women mourn him – his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. The story details the relationship Jeff has with each woman, and how his secrets have a ripple effect on their lives after his death.
My Review: I had high hopes for this one. And while it was a compelling story, I felt like it really dragged. It took forever to figure out the true relationship between Jeff and Tish. I also think there wasn’t much action in the book, just a lot of reminiscing and talking. It just got old for me.
Read or Refrain: Refrain; I don’t think it’s really worth the read.