Sorry I missed another Wednesday Weekly Reads post,but I have been under the weather and just couldn’t mus up the energy to jump on this computer last night! Nevertheless, I did manage to finish a book this week. I deviated from the books I started previously ( Red Queen and The Crying Tree) because I just wasn’t interested in them at all. I had no desire to read them at all ( lol) So I picked another book I had head great things about called “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng. I was NOT impressed. I finished this book in 2 days, not because the story was so captivating but because I wanted to hurry up and finish it! Here is the synopsis:
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You, is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another ( amazon.com)
Sounds pretty interesting right? WRONG! Please don’t get me wrong, the writing in this book is beautiful! The author truly has a knack for wordsmanship. But… I found this story so hauntingly depressing, that I couldn’t even connect with the characters…. I lost interest very quickly. I just wanted to hurry up and find out what happened to Lydia. ( which is assumed but never really explained.) I have to give this book 2 stars only.
Next, I picked up the long-awaited sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird entitled “Go Set a Watchman” ( both by Harper Lee) . I originally wanted to re read To Kill a Mockingbird first, but Go set a Watchman is a prequel to that novel. So I am going to read them in reverse order. I’m only a few pages in, and I already feel like I’m back in high school, instantly transfixed by Harper Lee’s writing prose. I hope this book will the answer to my boring book choices as of late.
I also am going to try to finish Red Queen as it is a library book that is due back August 6th! (lol) My 31 day Proverbs challenge ends tomorrow so I am going to jump back into my Women of the Bible devotional and study fittingly “The Woman of Proverbs 31”
Have a wonderful( and successful) reading week!