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WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?
Thanks to my bogging buddy Cleo for reviewing this book several months ago—I’m quite sure I never would have discovered it otherwise! Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe is a memoir in the form of letters. Each letter is written by Nina, a young woman living in London during the 1980s and working as a nanny for a single mother and her two very intelligent and entertaining sons. Nina shares short, slice-of-life vignettes and snatches of dialogue in the letters that she writes to her sister back home. I enjoyed this book a lot (I’m always a fan of books made up of correspondence!) but it definitely wasn’t a quick read for me. There were so many British terms and slang that weren’t familiar to me at all, and I found that this really slowed me down. Aside from that, though, the many short samples of dialogue throughout the book were WONDERFUL! Dialogue is often a big deal-breaker for me—if it doesn’t ring true, I’m probably not going to be a fan of the book. In this case, Stibbe totally captures the different people in her day to day life—especially the two young boys she’s caring for. Much of their dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny—even with the unfamiliar slang!
Have you ever really, really wanted to just love a book? That’s the way I felt about The Appetites Of Girls by Pamela Moses. It seemed like it had lots of characteristics that I usually enjoy—narrative told through multiple viewpoints, college friends, strong female characters—these are all usually real winners for me! But in this case, the lack of characterization really killed the book. This novel was told through the first-person voices of the four main characters, and I honestly could hardly tell the difference between any of them. Each chapter read almost exactly like the one before, and I felt that this was quite unbelievable as the four young women all came from very different backgrounds. Even the dialogue that was included seemed the same, no matter who was talking. I wanted to like this book so much, but unfortunately it really fell flat for me.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’ve been anxiously waiting for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline to be released here in the US, and I finally made it to the top of the library hold list! I’m only about 70 pages in (it’s been a busy time at work!), but I’m enjoying it so far—even though it’s quite different from Rowell’s other books. I have a three-day weekend coming up, and I’m hoping to be able to spend some quality time with these characters soon!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I don’t have a clue! I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for when I’m ready to start something new.
How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!