Books I’ve Read so far in 2011 and 3 word reviews

I only like reading reviews after I have read a book.  Decided to do 3 word reviews of the books I’ve read instead.  No chance of spoilers that way.

I really need to pick it up as I’ve only read 5 books in 3 months. Although I did enjoy taking particularly long with Remains of the Day, savouring it slowly.  The library does give you 3 whole weeks to read a book.

Anyhoo, I would recommend these 5 very strongly. All of them are novels – fiction.  I noticed that I have been gravitating towards fiction although last year I did read the Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin.  The characters by these award winning authors have been lovingly portrayed and they remain in my memory long after.

1. Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go (haunting, disturbing, fragility)

2. Kazuo Ishiguro: Remains of the Day (dignity, waste, loyalty)

3. Rohinton Mistry: A Fine Balance (poverty, nostalgia, love)

4. Peter Mayle: Anything Considered (frothy, gourmet, fun)

5. Kurt Vonnegut: Mother Night (shocking, morality, war)

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7 Responses to Books I’ve Read so far in 2011 and 3 word reviews

  1. have you seen the movie for The Remains of the Day? would you recommend the book?

    • bookjunkie says:

      Oh yes…it was beautiful. I feel that you can’t watch the movie without first reading the book…so many details are left out. The movie experience is enhanced when you’ve read the book. Hope you get a chance to Angie 🙂

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  3. savvy sister says:

    I wish all reviews were like this! Very easy to decide to read or not.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Aww thanks Savvy Sister….I find it hard to plod through too verbose reviews myself and don’t like spoilers. I’d rather just read a book based on whether I am drawn in by the first paragraph and a bit of the blurb.

  4. whatsaysyou says:

    Kazuo Ishiguro is an amazing writer 🙂 I got one question though for you: Who are your favourite authors?

    • bookjunkie says:

      Love that question: Yann Martel, Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle), Kazuo Ishiguro, Rohinton Mistry, Paul Theroux (the travel books), Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie (especially the non-fiction), Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Bryson, V S Naipaul (A House Mr Biswas), Peter Mayle (especially French Lessons and the travel ones), Sylvia Plath (the Bell Jar), …..just off the top of my head 🙂

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