I’ll be honest – I had a really difficult time following this book due to all of the repetitious/similar names through the generations. This seems like one of those books that you need to read through a few times, while writing notes in the margins, to TRULY understand. The individual scenes were good, but the overall weight of the book was lost due to the character confusion and inability to full grasp the timelines.
When I first read this book, back in 2005, I didn’t have near the same life experiences. I was pregnant with my first child at the time, but I didn’t yet have the intimate knowledge of being both a child and a parent. In reading this book now, I found myself viewing the story in the eyes of my son and our relationship. What would it be like to be separated from him in such a terrible experience? What would it be like to watch him be tortured or have him watching me suffer? My eyes have been reopened and my heart aches in a whole new way.
Now that I’m solidly into a pattern of reading, I’m finding that I’m able to meet my original goal of 5 books per month. Audiobooks are 80% of the reason behind that. Either way, I’ve needed to up the ante a little bit for 2017 and add not just the 5 monthly Book of the Month Club picks but also previous picks from Oprah’s Book Club and the Kindle First book I chose.
In theory that means I should be averaging a goal of 7-8 books per month. Oprah’s Book Club isn’t as simple as monthly picks, so some months I’ll have none from there and others I’ll be swimming in 8-10 selections from her club alone. I doubt I’ll be in a position to run out of books in any month this year, because I still have all the backfill from 1996-2016 for OBC and 2015-2017 for BotM to sift through. When that time does come (ideally it will), then I have a handful of 100 Best lists I want to work through as well. Again, I don’t see those happening until 2018 at the earliest. We’ll see.
For now, the widgets on the right will display the books I’m currently tackling (sometimes one at a time, sometimes a plethora) plus the current month’s collective lists (BotM, OPC, KF). When we get to the point that I’m tackling the 100 Best lists, that may change. I haven’t yet decided how I’ll tackle those once I get there. Either way, the monthly list would always stay, as BotM would continue to throw 5 new titles at me every so many weeks.