I'm joining another book club tomorrow, which has me all kinds of excited. Here's what both book clubs I'm a part of read this month.
by Rainbow Rowell
This book was really sweet, and managed to completely tug on my heart
strings. I'd recommend anyone
going into know that it is not a light, fluffy romance, though. There's romance,
and it is adorable, but there are a lot of other really dark things,
too. Eleanor comes from a difficult background and a lot of
people in her life aren't very nice to her. Starting out, she assumes
Park will be exactly the same. They're initially awkward bus
seat-mates, and sort of quickly and inexplicably go from not talking to
being crazy for each other.
The love story came about quicker than I expected, but it was also nice to have happy things going on in
the book. Rainbow Rowell did such a great job capturing the craziness of
crushes and affection and self-consciousness, and everything that goes
into loving someone. I would have liked a little more from the
ending, and a bit more obvious character growth for Eleanor. But
overall I enjoyed this one.
by Ruta Sepetys
This was a very interesting read. It's crazy to think that such horrible
things were going on in Russian and the Baltic States during World War
II, and that most people have no idea. It's something so terrible
and horrendous that everyone should know about it. The author's note
was just as interesting as the book. I couldn't believe that even after
people came back from those kinds of labor camps that they weren't
allowed to talk about what happened.
So I think this is an
important book. Obviously, it's not a happy read. Lina and her family go
through so much, along with all the other deportees. At times it was so
hard to read that I had to put the book down. But there were moments of
hope and happiness and strength throughout the book. As far as
story-telling goes, I would have liked a bit more from the end (again). The
epilogue has a huge jump in time, and I would have liked more about what
happened in between. But from a historical perspective, it was a really
informative, engrossing read.