|Books read in April
||[May. 5th, 2007|12:20 pm]
9 - My Friend Leonard by James Frey|
10 - Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
I really enjoyed both of these books. I couldn't put My Friend Leonard down - I know that Frey gets a lot of criticism because a large part of his books are fictional, and to be honest, that does make me sad. I want to believe that compelling characters like Lilly and Leonard existed, although internet speculation seems to suggest that they don't. However, Frey still has the ability to create interesting characters, moving scenarios and his writing style is unusual, but engaging.
I'd never read any Kurt Vonnegut - I've heard of him, of course. His name gets bandied around in films and books as inspiring, amazing, etc., and I always thought 'Why have I not heard of this guy?' Of course it's because in American society, he's a big name, but in England I don't think he's as widely known. Anyway, when he died, I wanted to read something of his, and his obit mentioned Slaughterhouse 5 as being one of his best loved books, so I read that. I really liked it. I wasn't impressed by the first chapter - more of an introduction, really, and although it made him sound interesting and knowledgeable, it wasn't really engaging, and it took me a long time to read. I kept getting distracted by magazines and things. Of course when I finally got past chapter one, I really got into it, and loved the plot, and Billy, and his writing style. It reminded me a little of The Time Traveller's Wife, but... less so. And such a little book! I read the majority of it in like a day, it was so teeny.
I'm about to start Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisburger (Devil Wears Prada lady). I found Prada interesting (although I preferred the film), I'm interesting to see what the sequel will be like.
STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR
Children's novels: 0
Adult novels: 10 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0