Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Opinion: This was an entertaining, light read. At points I found the author a bit annoyingly indifferent about his life but I appreciated the unexpected absurdities that occasionally made me chuckle out loud.
Recommend? Sure, but not enthusiastically.
3 of out 5 hearts
Opinion: This was a fun book to read. Some of Mma Ramotswe's background was a little rough to read but I enjoyed reading about her adventures and her quick wit. While detective stories have been done a million times, this one seemed different. Mma Ramotswe seems to get to the point quickly and does not focus on unnecessary drama. Her charm and gusto are exceedingly entertaining and I will definitely end up reading more of this series.
3 out of 5 hearts
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Opinion: Honestly, this subject does not interest me and I was just plain bored reading it. For me, this book could have been summarized into a single chapter and I would feel I read the same amount of information as I did reading the whole book. However, it was well-written and brought me as much into the chaotic psychedelic state of mind of the characters as is possible with words. The way he chronicled the psychedelic movement was well done but it simply just failed to captivate me. I am definitely off the bus.
2 of out of 5 hearts (This is purely from the fact that the subject matter was dull to me. It is not a bad book.)
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Opinion: Reading this book really gave me a reality check about what it truly means to be poor and have to live on extremely little or no money. During college I thought I was poor but I always had at least something to eat and I was able to pay my bills. The McCourts suffered true poverty and Frank McCourt had to grow up much too fast. It is a heartbreaking, yet inspirational book that was at times unbelievable, infuriating, sad and uplifting. It made me thankful for everything I have and reminded me not to take anything for granted. Great read although the title doesn't apply to this book but rather to the sequel that was originally not supposed to be a separate book.
4 out of 5 hearts
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Opinion: This was a truly profound book. While there is an element of the unrealistic supernatural, the main themes in the book are very real and deep. I can only imagine what the humiliation and cruelty of slavery does to a person but this book provides insight into this mindset and explores the psychological effects of being treated in such inhuman ways. It was thought-provoking, heartbreaking and captivating.
4.5 out of 5 hearts
3.5 out of 5 hearts
Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Opinion: Honestly, I thought it was a tiresome read. It was exhausting how ridiculous the characters' actions were and how much time is wasted waiting around. In my opinion, this book is pretty much about romanticized stalking. In addition, while the main character waits around for love he ends up ruining several lives in the process. Not cool. This is not a novel about a healthy relationship or even healthy love. I did, however, enjoy the style of writing and the fluidity of the novel and at least I was not bored.
2 out of 5 hearts.