1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Original title: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Paperback: 381 pages
Saw the film (swedish with english subs) before reading the book. Funny movie and even funnier book involving a very stubborn centenarian and what happens when he teams up with a group of oddball characters.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Paperback: 593 pages
I had hoped that the book would be better than the film. Not only was it too long because of the double narrative as told by the 2 protaganists, but mentioning the 9/11 tragedy in the story (however minimal) was pointless and stupid. Time travel is fiction; September 11 wasn’t. What an insult.
3. La Cattedrale del Mare [Original title: La catedral del mar]
Author: Ildefonso Falcones
Paperback: 634 pages
Love, honor, pride, and passion in 14th century Barcelona. Enjoyed the historical context woven into this work of fiction. I started the italian version while waiting for the english one to arrive by mail, and got up to two-thirds of the way before my order was delivered. The english version has a small rudimentary map of the city. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
4. Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Paperback: 204 pages
The ‘poems’ in this book aren’t like other poems where everything falls into perfect place. As a matter of fact, at times it reads broken, truncated, and confused – much like how a woman would feel during a difficult period in her life.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Author: Robyn Davidson
Despite the emotional angst and turmoil in the beginning to middle part of the book, I found the author’s trek across the Australian outback pulling at my heartstrings. The film version starring actress Mia Wasikowska was a good visual context to the book.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
6. Picnic in Provence
Author: Elizabeth Bard
Reading this was no ‘picnic’. Annoyingly trite 100% chick lit, what irked me most were the insecure mommy issues (go back to the first sentence). The author does include some promising recipes, but I would’ve been none the wiser (about life in Provence) had she just stuck everything on a blog.
7. Pane e Cioccolato (currently reading)