More Book Reviews

Non Fiction

(+)Will Not Attend by Adam Resnick.  This book was entertaining and an easy read, but there were no laugh out loud moments.  I can see how his humor would translate well to TV.

(+)Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  I love everything they write and while this book was not groundbreaking as Freakanomics and SuperFreakanomics, it is still definitely worth a read.

(=)A Curious Man by Neal Thompson.  Thompson is a good storyteller but I just didn’t find the story of Robert Ripley of “Believe it or Not” fame that compelling.

(+)Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.  I thought the story of Hugette Clark was compelling and well told.  The stories were woven together well, especially given the reclusive and unhelpful nature of the main character.

(+)Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.  Lewis is a great storyteller and this book was no exception.  Upon first glance, the subject matter isn’t so interesting, but Lewis makes it relevant and entertaining.

Fiction

(-)Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  I don’t understand how this book won awards since it was like pulling teeth after the first third of the book.  Thankfully, it was short.

(-)The Circle by Dave Eggers.  He is a masterful storyteller and I was able to get through most of the book before I realized that nothing had happened and the story was terrible.  I preferred Hologram for the King, though not much happened there either.

(+)Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  The author brought depth and emotion to the characters and I found the story moving.

(=)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Another book that I found well written, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the story.  Not sure how this is a young adult book or suitable for a movie.

(-)The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  Terrible from start to finish.  Don’t want to relive it.

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