An Open Book: What I Read in September

never let me go torch book coverThe days of e-book reading have begun, and I’m adjusting to it, but it’s a slow and bitter learning curve. To say it is not simple is an understatement. In fact, it’s a surprisingly complicated act of digital gymnastics. I have to find an available e-book, check it out on one app, download it to another app and, finally, after all of that, actually have it show up on my Kindle.

And then there’s the renewal process, which is a whole different mess of complications.

I’m sure there are e-book readers out there shaking their heads, wondering how in the heck I can turn something so simple into something so complicated. Welcome to the world of me. These things just don’t come naturally to me.

But, like I said, I’m adjusting. And, most importantly, I’m still able to read every night before I go to bed.

Below are the two books I finished this month. What’s been on your reading list lately? Anything I should definitely get my hands on?

Torch by Cheryl Strayed

Three-line review: This book both pulled me in and pushed me away as it followed the lives of Teresa Rae Wood’s significant other and two children after she dies of cancer. The characters are well-developed, and I felt sympathy as they each grappled with their loss in different ways, yet I was repulsed by some of the decisions they made in dealing with their grief. Overall, I enjoyed reading Torch, though it makes me wonder how I would react in a similar situation.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Three-line review: As I neared the end of this book, I kept wondering when the climax would happen, and when I actually finished the book, I realized it was one of those stories that plateaued and never went anywhere engaging for me. Reading online reviews, I see this is one of those stories that is either an absolute winner or a no-go; I lean more toward the one-star than five-star rating. I’m sure there must be a deeper meaning here, but I felt letdown by the characters, disappointed by the plot and slightly annoyed by the rambling way in which the story was told.

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