This week I read two non-project books which were so good, I thought they each deserved their on post. You can read about the first one here.
Current Fiction Readings
As I’ve spent more time wandering the library, I find more and more books that I’ve heard a lot about and which I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. The Help was one of these books and based on the waiting list after me, I was lucky to stumble on a copy! And I must say, along with the Percy Jackson series, this book is a convincing argument in favor of listening to all the hype some books get. I loved this book. In fact, my first thought when I finished it was that I just didn’t have words to describe how much I loved this book. Since then, I’ve been pondering what to say about it and there are two specific features which I think contribute to the success of this book.
First, the author does an incredible job of telling the story from three different perspectives, accents and all. At different times you almost believe a matronly black woman, a spunky young black woman, or a shy young white woman is sitting down next to you telling her story. (For those of you who avoided the hype, this is a book about three women trying to enact change in a racist community during the period of Jim Crow laws, so my identification of the women’s races is both pertinent to the plot and important because of the great job the author does capturing the accents of the two black women.)
The second really great thing about this book was the subject, because more than a book about the process of desegregation, this was a book about people. A book about human nature. A book about people bravely coming together to do something good. I’m almost scared to watch the movie, I just have trouble imagining it living up to the book! I think I might rent it some times this week though (as the waiting list at the library is almost 100 people long!) and I’ll let you know how it goes if I do.
The Help – 5 stars – Awesome! The characters felt very real and the story was incredibly moving. Listen to the hype. Read it.
- The Mind of Tanitha – “I loved this book. I loved the way it took me to a different country, a different time…”
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I should really get to this read soon!
There are always just so many books that’s true of! I suppose it’s better than running out of books though 🙂
Hm, I always avoid over-hyped books…and yet… I keep hearing good thing after good thing.
I know I was disappointed by a lot of over-hyped books for a while (Twilight, Eragon, etc), not necessarily because they weren’t any good, but because they weren’t anything special. And after hearing so many great things about them, anything less than awesome can be a let down! But lately I’ve had some really good luck with the ones I’ve picked up.
And, incidentally, did you make the Goodreads button yourself? Or did you grab the code elsewhere?
I made it myself, but you’re welcome to borrow 🙂 Shoot me an e-mail at kxw116 at gmail.com if you’d like me to send it to you. I tried both goodreads and this comment, but can’t get the code to display instead of the logo!
Thanks! I just copied your little G picture and then added my own code. 🙂 Thanks for the loan of your pic!
Awesome! And no problem 🙂
My husband and I just watched the movie last week. I would say they did a good job capturing the essence of the book. Some of the minor characters don’t get as much screen time as they did in the book, but I thought it was a good adaptation. Glad you enjoyed this book!
I’m so glad! Maybe I’ll be brave and rent it this week 🙂
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