It’s a definite record – four books in one week! Two on Audible and two on Kindle. We’ve done a lot of driving, and we always have a book playing as we drive. Our afternoon routine involves settling into a campsite, playing scrabble then making and having dinner. After dinner Arne does the dishes and I snuggle in to read.
So this is how it came to be that four books were completed this week.
Because there are four I will be brief in my review of each. And I am going to list them starting with my favorite. So here they are –
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Kindle) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a surprising book this was. One of the best books I have read in a long time. It’s difficult to describe, but Saunders mixes a historical event (the death of President Lincoln’s son Willie) with historical characters and facts then throws in a crazy collection of fictional and deceased characters. The result is a thoughtful, sometimes sad and frequently humorous take on history and the afterlife. A unique story sure to become a classic.
The Underground Railroad by a Colson Whitehead (Audible) ⭐⭐⭐
Parts of this book I really enjoyed – such as the character development and historical realism of slavery in the 1800’s. BUT, Whitehead’s imagined Underground Railroad that is an actual “Railroad” I did not appreciate. It seemed a sacrilege to play with the facts from this important piece of our countries history.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Audible) ⭐⭐⭐
I’m a big Dickens fan and although I have seen the play Oliver many times I had never read the book. And Dickens is a perfect fit for an Audible read. In true Dickens style Oliver Twist is written with descriptive language that puts you easily at the scene and in the moment, despite the fact this story was written nearly 200 years ago.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Kindle)⭐⭐
Okay I was expecting g more from this book. I didn’t love it. I can only assume that the highly regarded movie by the same name (which I have not seen) had a very different screenplay. The story is very interesting and a surprising history unknown before this book about black women’s role at NASA. But I felt the book was dry and lacked character development or plot. It is more of a chronological telling of history and technology. I do still hope to see the movie. I expect this will be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book.