The Book List #32

April 29, 2015

The Book List #32

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
year: 2009 | pages: 2012 | rating: 2/5

Allan Karlsson escapes his birthday party at the old people's home where he lives, to go on an adventure. As the story progresses, not only does Allan steal a suitcase full of money, he encounters criminals and stupid police, but we also learn about his life and how it weaves in and out of some major events in history. Nothing about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared stands out to me, which makes it an "OK-but-not-great" book. I didn't appreciate the humour or the way Jonas Jonasson writes and I wasn't really interested in the story or the way it was told.

Spook by Mary Roach
year: 2006 | pages: 311 | rating: 3/5

Mary Roach writes about some interesting topics in a somewhat light-hearted manner that makes reading her books fast and breezy. Spook is good, but not as good as Stiff, and the latter half was more exciting (to me) than the former, which dealt with souls and reincarnation and covered a lot of research I had already heard about. What I was most interested in was.. the ghosts. I don't have any belief in the paranormal but I am, inexplicably, interested in ghosties of late. Spook it a great read if you're curious about the afterlife and what happens when we die.

Music For Torching by A.M. Holes
year: 1998 | pages: 368 | rating: 3/5

Paul and Elaine are living the American good life except, they're "stuck" and they can't find a way of making things good again. A.M. Holes explores marriage, family life, and neighbours showing how outrageously flawed and somewhat lost, everyone appears to be. Music For Torching is reminiscent of Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, a book I adore, yet while A.M. Holmes' writing style is spot on, the ending somewhat ruined it for me.

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  1. Im always on the hunt for a good book, might have to have a look at Spook, it sounds quite interesting. x

  2. Thanks for the great recommendations - I have started consciously making time for reading, so I'll be adding this to my reading list and will hopefully get to them very soon! Love the way these books were clearly taken around and really loved as well - as books should be. I love the convenience of my kindle, but nothing beats turning actual pages and feeling the weight of a book in one's hands.

    Rae | love from berlin

  3. I didn't like The Hundred-Year-Old Man either! It was great for about 100 pages, but then it seemed to lose touch with reality... which is not always a bad thing, but in this case I wanted more triviality! I'll have to give Music for Torching a go as I've been meaning to explore more A. M. Holmes.

    (Also, I just wanted to say how much I LOVE your blog posts; they're always so concise and interesting and never feel over-worked. I think I need to take a leaf out of your book!)

    Jessica Marie | JESMGIA

  4. Runwright5/01/2015

    Too bad about the Hundred Year Old Man. The title is very intriguing but sorry it doesn't live up to the promise. :-(

  5. Yeahh, it just wasn't very interesting and the way it was written just didn't appeal to me.

  6. Ahh thank you SO MUCH it really means a lot to me <3

  7. I really need to make more time for reading but I guess we can't do everything all the time. I'm don't prefer paperbacks or ebooks, they both have their place; I like switching it up between the two formats as it helps me keep my momentum up.

  8. It's a good, easy read and rather interesting :))

  9. Linnea L5/04/2015

    I've never been interested in reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man because it doesn't seem like "my kind of book". However, I have to say that the Swedish film adaptation of it is great and, though I shouldn't say yay or nay about a book I haven't read, I'm guessing that the plot probably does itself way better as a lighthearted, crazy comedy film!


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