Moving right along! I’m scheduling these posts ahead of time — I had actually gotten many of these most recent books read more than a week or so ago, but never got around to sit down and right about them. I’m almost caught up to what I’ve been reading, but I’m sure I’ll get behind again.
I’m finding it difficult to write about them all without being super repetitive in the kinds of things I say about these books.
This year’s list was an enjoyable one (even My Heartbeat, which I later had qualms about, was something I liked reading at the time). I think of all of them, The House of the Scorpion, was probably my favorite, perhaps because it’s most like the books I normally read. I still think it’s interesting that I avoided it for so long.
It’s also the only one that I might have picked up on my own, even thought I hadn’t ever done so. The others were good, but not on my normal book-radar, which is too bad. I think a lot of people get in a rut of “I only read X or Y or Z” and managed to miss out on a lot of really great books. It’s hard to know which a person will like, though, and which is something that will end up turning them off to another genre for good.
There’s also the problem that there are just too darned many great books out there and no one will pay me to sit and read all day long.