May Books

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: Short, with very short chapters, so easy to read aloud. It’s the third or fourth Roald Dahl book I’ve read the girls, but it should have been the first. Good introduction to his style and great fun. (9.5/10)

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen: I’m a sucker for memoirs, but this one was a little flat. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you love Cohen or the Real Housewives franchise. (6/10)

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller is my new favorite book on marriage. Highly recommended for all adults, from single to newly married to not so newly married. (9.5/10)

Rabbit, Run by John Updike is well-written and interesting, with flawed and human characters I came to care about. It deserves its status in the cannon of American literature, and I’m glad I read it, though I doubt I will revisit it. (8.5/10)

Chris Cleave had a lot to live up to after Little Bee. Gold was good, with just enough drama to stay interesting. The writing isn’t “literary” per se, but it has moments of real beauty. (7/10)

3 responses to “May Books

  1. Kristen. I used to wish that I had had your perception and maturity when I was your age. But, in truth, I wish I had it now. Your 2-3 sentence reviews are elegant and inviting. Thank you.

    • Thank you! I have a hard time coming up with more to say about a lot of books. Two to three sentences is a good sweet spot for me, I think its how I am wired.

  2. I just re-read Fantastic Mr. Fox last year and didn’t think about reading it with the boys, but I bet they will enjoy it. I used to read Roald Dahl books to my campers at bedtime when I was a counselor and they loved them, even “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” and the rest.

    Our Sunday School class is going through the Meaning of Marriage right now — I need to actually read it, though! Thanks for the confirmation!

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