Friday, April 09, 2010

Book Report :: The Historian

I started this book while pumping when Wes was just a wee one. Bri let me borrow it knowing that I had just finished the Twilight series and might enjoy the "vampire theme." By now you may have realized that this book has taken me over a year to's dense AND a little difficult to get into, but worth it despite the predictable ending.

While reading this I found myself wondering if historical research could really be this interesting and exciting...probably not, but it was nice living in this fictional story for a time.

Read it if you like "historical" fiction or murder mystery...don't if you're looking for a quick read that's light and fluffy.

(Brianne, you can finally have this back!!)

Anyone have a good book recommendation? I'm about to start a new one, but haven't yet and could squeeze something else in if it's a must read.


Brianne said...

Glad you were FINALLY able to finish this book Jenny!
It was a bit predictable at the end- but I loved the way the author wrote :)

katie on the front porch said...

Neither is a must read, but I just finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (sort of a memoir) and The Mermaid Chair by the same author as Secret Life of Bees. The Mermaid Chair was definitely more along the light and fluffy lines, if that's what you're looking for!

Jason said...

"Drood" by Dan Simmons. Historical fiction, based loosely on a dark character Charles Dickens became obsessed with late in his life.

Mandy said...

I'm looking forward to reading other people's comments- we should have like an online book club :)
2 must reads that are both light & fluffy- these are like serious vacation reads that you won't want to put down, though:
The Guernsey Literary Potatoe Peel Pie Society- that was probably one of the most entertaining books I've read in awhile. and The Help - both are amazing!

Jocy May said...

The Shadow of the Wind (Spanish: La sombra del viento) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón was a good read- bit of a thriller. I only liked The Historian so-so. I didn't realize it was going to be a vampire thing- I kept thinking they were going to explain the mystery in a rational, scientific way so then when it really was about vampires I had to shift gears in my mind to accept the story-line. I just finished The Help for my book club- it was pretty good. Also reading the Heretic's Daughter and The Road- I'll let you know how those turn out for me :) Can't wait to see you soon!!!

Prince said...

I second Mandy's suggestion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - loved it. I also recommend The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - much lighter than Poisonwood Bible, but well-written and surprisingly delightful (oh no, I just ruined the surprise ;)

Jocey baby, your Spanish thriller sounds interesante!


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