Tuesday, December 13, 2016

what I read in november

when both my mom and coworker told me that the goldfinch was their favorite book, I knew I had to read it. when I happened to finish a 400-page over the course of one day on a business trip (didn't think that would happen), I found myself with a plane ride home ahead of me without reading material. I stopped in the airport bookstore and found one copy of the goldfinch which was priced outrageously, but hey, I had no other options. so I bought it. the goldfinch was definitely a feat of a book, and was worth it. of course, linking up with steph and jana for show us your books.


the goldfinch by donna tartt
theo decker, a 13-year-old new yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. abandoned by his father, theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. bewildered by his strange new home on park avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws theo into the underworld of art.
as an adult, theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. he is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. the goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. {amazon.com review}

my take: A
for me, the goldfinch was a steady love. we started as friends and built a strong foundation for a lifetime of appreciation rather than a quick and passionate fling with some of the more popular books I've read lately, and likely won't remember. the story is endearing and interesting. it's the story of life, loss, love, fate, and what happens in between. the voice of the book shifts at the end and I really liked that part, in fact, I read the last page a couple of times. the message was both ironic and noble and I'm really in the mood to go to the art museum now!

now that I finished this almost-800 page book (the longest I've read in quite some time, maybe ever?!) - I don't know what to start next. I have a pile of books to choose from, mostly from recommendations from this link up... small great things, I let you go, sweetbitter... decisions, decisions. looking forward to reading all of your recommendations this month and thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

  1. I had very mixed feelings about this book, mainly because of the length haha I thought the same story could have been told in about half the length. But I will admit, it did have a very unique story line!

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    1. it probably could've been told in a shorter length haha! it was almost like a couple short stories intertwined. I still can't believe I finished it!

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  2. small great things was great! i highly recommend. i let you go was also fabulous.
    i don't know if the goldfinch is for me. but i've definitely bought the overpriced book in an airport before. i've also bought kindle books if they had wifi lol.

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    1. I seriously love picoult and am so glad she has a new book. I think I'll start small great things next!

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  3. I'm so glad you liked The Goldfinch, I remember you mentioning you were starting it last month! It's one I would love to reread maybe next year, even though it's so long. I've never read anything by Picoult, but after hearing so many things I finally added Small Great Things to my library hold list!

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    1. all the books that I've read by picoult have moved me, she covers such relevant topics! I honestly haven't read one that I disliked.

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  4. I had difficulty with this one and ended up returning it to the library without even really getting into it.

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  5. So I haven't read The Goldfinch, but when you sit down and read a book in a day, that tells you how good the books much be! I'll have to check it out!

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    1. so true. I just couldn't stop reading it - it was second life by sj watson!

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  6. I think this is already on my TBR (it's getting a bit out of control) but if not, I'm adding it. A good 800 page book does not scare but I definitely hope my library has it as an e-book. :)

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    1. well an 800 book scares me for sure, but this was worth it! my TBR is getting a little out of hand too.

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  7. I haven't been brave enough to start The Goldfinch yet. Glad to hear you liked it.

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    1. I actually read it pretty quickly, you can do it!

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  8. So glad to hear you liked The Goldfinch. I'm hoping to read it soon!

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  9. I tried twice to read it. I stopped both times. I think it's because I had it as an eBook and it made me tired because what I did read, I liked a lot. I should finish it one of these days.

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    1. try it again! haha! I understand though, I really can't read in bed for that very reason.

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  10. I've been meaning to read this book for so so so long now. I'm really glad you liked it! Perhaps I'll get around to it for 2017 ;-)

    -- Dara || www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

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