You know, I’ve been pretty good about writing up posts for the books I’ve read this year. Ok, now that I typed that I counted in my head and realize that’s a lie. There are about six books I haven’t written about and since I’ve only read 20ish, the percentage isn’t so great. It’s even worse when you factor in audiobooks, which I find very difficult to write about. Boo. I felt great when I started to type this paragraph! This is what I get for typing before thinking. I wonder if I have any ice cream in my freezer.
I’ve given up the idea of writing about the audiobooks I’ve listened to and I probably won’t write about Catching Fire until I finally finish Mockingjay. I would like to write about Fifty Shades of Grey but it’s already starting to get foggy. That leaves I’m Down, The Language of Flowers, and Fight Club. Fight Club deserves it’s own post. The other two…eh… Oh and the sixth? Ready Player One as a re-read but I’ve already posted about it once.
Title: I’m Down
Author: Mishna Wolff
Published: 2009 Pages: 272
In Short: “Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black.” (from the cover)
Why I read: For a Real Bookstore bookclub. Suggested as a lighthearted read. Bahahaha.
Thoughts In Brief: Ok, to be completely fair I found this book easy to consume and was interested enough to read it rather quickly. But it was compelling in the way that a car accident is–you want to see what happened but you really shouldn’t be looking and then you feel bad about looking. However, this book isn’t lighthearted and it isn’t funny. It’s sad and I often got mad at Mishna for that way that she acted or the way that she talks about her family or mad at her family for their failure to understand Mishna and her differences.
Bottom line: Don’t let the cover fool you—this book is not terribly funny and the message of the book was confused and unclear. This book lot of promise with very little delivery.
In Short: Victoria has been in foster care her whole life but after she turns eighteen she must create a life for her own. She falls back upon her knowledge of flowers and realizes that they are the key to making amends with her past and forging her way into the future.
Why I read: For a Real Bookstore bookclub.
Thoughts In Brief: Beautiful and lyrical writing, interesting secondary characters, complex main character who develops throughout the novel. My favorite thing about the book was the romantic inclusion of the language of flowers–using floral and fauna to help convey a message–I loved this.
Bottom line: Overall an enjoyable book that I believe has widespread appeal. I love many things about the book–especially the present and past narrations–but I was also bothered by the main character’s lack of strength and some of the choices she made.
Bottom Bottom Line? If you’re going to read one of the two read The Language of Flowers. I’ll bet you like but it does have an Oprah’s Book Club feel to it (which I have nothing against…I’ve had good luck with her picks). Skip I’m Down completely.
Have you read either of these books? What did you think?