Lots of other things going on in the past month, with Autumn Jubilee plus more car club events and more, so reading time was a bit more sparse. If it wasn’t for the early morning hours, I wouldn’t get much reading done. But four books for today’s reviews are spectacular, all highly recommended with one dud. The first two books were recommended on my blogger buddy Vicki’s blog, Colorways By Vicki (also a great site for hand dyed fabrics). She listens to audiobooks and gets more reading done that way than I could hope to ever do! Amazon links provided, thank you for using my links when you can.
Haven Point by Virginia Hume – A multi-generational story, the reader sees the relationships between the main character, Maren, as a young bride, then a mother, then a grandmother. Her relationships with her husband, her daughter and her granddaughter are the essence of the story. The timelines jump around, and it is essential to the plot, as the secrets cross generations, slowly unfolding to the granddaughter in the most present timeline. The writing is realistically presented, easy reading and draws the reader in over the course of the novel. (Spoiler alert) The hurricane at the last part of the novel is a bit heavy handed in the author’s attempt at metaphor, but overall I did enjoy the novel and would recommend as a light read.
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – A fascinating historical fiction novel surrounding the legal battles between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over the invention of the light bulb and the fight to win the ‘Current War’ of alternating current vs direct current. Lawyer Paul Cravath, Edison, Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla’s own writings, articles and books provide the details, although in actual fact, some of the scenes took place over years rather than months or weeks. Interestingly, the author provides a detailed description of the actual events in the afterward of the book, and was just as interesting (in some ways even more so) than the story. Highly recommend!
These next two books are excellent reads, and the first one I will want to read it again.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt – Heartwarming and uplifting story, a little different than the usual. A highly intelligent octopus named Marcellus sees what the humans do not, and tries his best to help a woman find out what happened to her son many years before. Marcellus does this with his prodigious memory, his keen observation skills, and his penchant for escaping his tank and collecting things. His smug attitude is hilarious. This is not a talking octopus story, yet he communicates quite well by leaving things from his collection of treasures for the humans to find. The ending is wonderful. Highly recommend!
The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore – My Sweet Babboo read this nonfiction book on his Kindle and recommended it. It is the story of Elizabeth Packard in the 1860s who was sent to an insane asylum on the word of her husband who did not like her outspoken views. At the time, women had no rights at all, they were chattels of their husbands, subject to their whims and could be ‘put away’ without cause. At the time, there was no oversight of institutions, and the doctors that ran them ruled with iron fists with abusive policies and torture to make women submissive and meek. Women speaking out with political or religious opinions different than their husbands were subject to being diagnosed as insane, and committed. This book is powerful in its exposure of the injustices of the past, and in the last epilogue, relates the history to things still going on today. At times it will make you furious, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately, Elizabeth Packard would not be silenced, and dedicated her life to passing legislative bills and laws to ensure married women rights to their possessions, money, and the right to have a trial before being sent to a mental institution. She is responsible for many of our modern laws protecting women’s rights, and an unsung hero. Don’t let the length of the book deter you, the pages fly by, and the last 100 pages are footnotes to actual documents and writings used to tell the story. Highly recommend!
Did Not Finish – The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – books with stupid, weak female protagonists and sullen step-daughter teenagers are not appealing. Wallbanged at 50 pages.
What are you reading now?