The Book List #30

The Dinner by Herman Koch year: 2009 | pages: 304 | rating: 4/5 A pretty awesome read considering I picked it on a whim from a char...

The Book List #30

The Dinner by Herman Koch
year: 2009 | pages: 304 | rating: 4/5

A pretty awesome read considering I picked it on a whim from a charity shop bookshelf. The Dinner sees a family - two brothers and their wives - meeting over dinner to discuss a delicate and dark situation brewing between their sons. The story unravels at a steady, suspenseful pace, making you want to race through the pages to reveal the darkness at its centre.


Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
year: 1956 | pages: 150 | rating: 5/5

James Baldwin's beautiful story about love, passion, and desire will haunt you; the final pages of Giovanni's Room broke my heart. This is the most convincing story of true love and heartbreak I have ever read. David - an American living in Paris while his girlfriend travels Europe - meets Giovanni in a bar, and so begins their doomed love affair.



The Book List #30

Pastoralia by George Saunder
year: 2000 | pages: 188 | rating: 2/5

Short stories are hard to get right; I rarely find these sorts of collections to be anything exceptional and unfortunately Pastoralia didn't impress me. I found all the stories to be awkward and uninteresting. None of the characters stood out as anything exceptional and Saunder's writing style was a little too dry for my liking.


Holes by Louis Sachar
year: 1998 | pages: 233 | rating: 3/5

I feel the same way about this book as I feel about the film adaptation: I don't get it. Holes is about Stanley and his eventual escape from Camp Green Lake, a juvenile facility in the middle of a desert. Stanley's family history and the story of Kissin' Kate Barlow is revealed slowly throughout the book, showing the reader how the two stories intertwine. I just.. wasn't that into the story; Holes is a short, enjoyable read but when I reached the final pages, it didn't get much of a reaction from me, I'm sorry to say.


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  1. Adding "The Dinner," "Giovanni's Room," and "Pastoralia" to my list of books to read - which would you recommend as a beach read? I am leaving for a 6 day solo vacation in a week and a half, and would love to read something while I am there. I am currently reading a thriller in German, but I would love something more poetic in English to enjoy as well. I also like the fact that "Giovanni's Room" doesn't sound like a typical love story because I am really not a fan of girly romance novels. Romance is fine, but so often it becomes one big old cliche. As you can guess, I am def. not a Nicholas Sparks kind of girl.

    Rae | love from berlin

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  2. 'Giovanni's Room' sounds like something I'll have to read! I read 'Bonjour Tristee' from the Penguin Great Loves series and I loved it! Also I couldn't agree more about 'Holes', neither book nor movie were terrible but failed to grab me in any way...

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  3. Helena3/25/2015

    Great picks! I added all of these to my reading list. Thank you for sharing.


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  4. I felt the same way about Holes. It seems odd that they'd spend time digging holes to find a treasure and for that to be an acceptable form of juvie. However, as a kid the story of Kissin' Kate was kind of interesting. I even had to read this for school as I was in 5th grade when the movie came out.


    -Marisa | http://marisahendrickson.com/

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  5. I love The Dinner! I thought it was such a light, easy read. I've also read Holes and I really didn't like it. I think you were very kind in giving 3/5, as I would've given 1, haha. I've added the other books to my reading list :)

    -x | words at dawn

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  6. Great picks, I'll have to pick a few of them up!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  7. Rebecca P.3/25/2015

    I never liked Holes either....but I want to read The Dinner!

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  8. I do not get Holes as well, or should I say I am just not convinced there is this 'something' that would make me forget about the world around me and read. Are you a minimalist? Would love to know what your thoughts are: http://bit.ly/1CpgeH5
    Have a great day, Iga x

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  9. I've been dying to read the dinner. Glad to hear you liked it! Just the push I need to finally pick it up!

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  10. It's a really awesome read - I definitely recommend it.

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  11. I just didn't get the story.. I didn't understand the point of it. Maybe I missed something.

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  12. The Dinner was an awesome read but Holes.. I just didn't get it.

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  13. Awesome - let me know what you think of them.

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  14. I think it was written well and it would be great for younger people, but I just wasn't interested in it. The book wasn't bad - I just didn't "get" it.

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  15. Yeah, it didn't make sense.. and I'm not sure I understand the message?

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  16. Let me know if you read any of them and what you thought :))

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  17. Giovanni's Room was beautiful.. it really choked me up at the end.

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  18. I'm not sure any of them are "beach reads".. but I would really recommend 'Giovanni's Room' as it's a beautiful story.

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  19. Helena3/30/2015

    Shall do! :)

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