Book reviews

This may not come as a surprise to some, but since becoming a mother I haven’t been able to get through my usual book every two days or so. Somehow, I’m never able to sit down and really enjoy a book. But, I am trying. Here’s what I’ve read since motherhood caught up with me:


Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

I had Bridget Jones’s diary with me at the hospital, and good thing too since we ended up staying for five days. It certainly was not the first time I’ve read it, or the tenth. I love this book.

I think it should be required reading. It is so funny, and so sweet, and so excellently captures the woes of a single woman. The book is way better than the movie, I think. I always thought Renee Zellweger’s Bridget was somewhat tragic. In the book, there is an element of the ridiculous around the character, that’s really the whole point, but I find the character in the book comes off as more clever and attractive than portrayed in the movie. Anyway, it’s an easy entertaining read, so you can get through this even while cooling your heels in the NICU.


Reached, by Ally Condie

Reached is the final book in the Matched trilogy, by Ally Condie. The trilogy was good, based on a dystopian society that made ever choice for it’s members, including who you end up matched with as a life partner. There’s unrequited love, there’s a love triangle, there’s love poetry and it’s all very romantic. This last book left me a little flat, though. For the wrap up to the trilogy, it was surprisingly slow paced and the climax was somewhat drawn out and disappointing. Also, this whole big Plague thing was brought up in the last book that hadn’t really been mentioned in the other books, so I felt it was kind of thrown in there. As a book on its own, it wasn’t my favourite, but the trilogy itself was nicely detailed and you do get caught up in the romance of it all.


The Fallen One, by Rick Blechta

The Fallen One, by Canadian author Rick Blechta, is a mystery following an opera singer as she delves into the life of her dead husband, while trying to rebuild her reputation as an operatic diva. I’ve never read anything by Blechta before, but I get the sense that he knows his way around the Canadian music industry and beyond. It was interesting to get a peek into the world of opera, something I know absolutely nothing about. The mystery itself is centred around Canadian biker gangs in Montreal, so the two subjects could not be any further from each other, making for an interesting juxtaposition. It was an entertaining read.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, was recommended to me by my friend Heather, a prolific reader. I hadn’t looked into the book before diving into it, and for some reason was convinced that it was a science fiction book. I don’t know where this impression came from. I was a little nonplussed to find out it was an LGBT book about a high school musical. And awesome. It follows two teenagers named Will Grayson as they try to figure out life, as well as their feelings for oversized, outrageous Tiny Cooper, who makes it his life mission to put on the most fabulous musical ever based on his own fabulous life. It was touching and it seemed to encapsulate a genuine, if somewhat exaggerated, high school experience. Thanks for the recommendation, Heather.

Word of the day:

Fallow: plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated; not in use, inactive


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