Musings From A Bookmammal

WWW Wednesday–8/6/14


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everything i never told youEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is on a lot of lists this summer—and it should be. I really liked this novel—it takes place in Ohio in the 1970s and tells the story of a middle-class Chinese-American family, their relationships with each other, and how they cope with the sudden death of the middle daughter and the uncertainty regarding the cause of this death. This novel really recreates the time period well—a time when mixed marriages were an oddity and when racism was much more blatant in mid-America than it is today. Moving back and forth between the present and the past, and back and forth between the point of view of the five family members, this is a very moving story that makes the reader wonder how well we really know the ones we love. I finished this book several days ago and I’m still thinking about the characters–which I think is always a sign of powerful writing.

landlineI’ve written several times about my complete love for Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, and I enjoyed Fangirl and Attachments nearly as much—so I was anxiously waiting to get to the top of the library hold list for Landline. I’d been reading reviews that said it was much different from Rowell’s previous books, so I tried to go into it without any preconceived notions. I finished it a few days ago and (I know I’m going to be in the minority on this one) I thought it was. . . fine.  I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. I thought that most of the characters had potential, but I just didn’t get that invested in any of them. Most of all, I thought that the plot point involving the main character talking via a landline phone to the younger version of her present-day husband was rather contrived—and I think that Rowell is much too talented of a writer to need to use that kind of gimmick. Again, I know that I am completely in the minority here—Landline has been getting great reviews all over the place—but it just wasn’t to my taste.


deliciousI’m listening to Delicious! by Ruth Reichl on my daily commute and it’s a nice, light read. I’m a big fan of “foodie” fiction and nonfiction, and I’ve been looking forward to listening to additional chapters each day as I drive to and from work.



one on oneI’m probably the most unathletic person you could ever meet, but I love reading about sports! I’ve read just about every sports book that John Feinstein has written, but I recently discovered that I’d missed reading One On One—his book about how he came to write some of his most popular behind-the-scenes nonfiction  about basketball, golf, baseball, and tennis. If you’re not into sports there probably isn’t much in this book that would appeal to you–but if you’re a sports fan, give it a try!


As usual, I have absolutely no idea! It’ll all depend on what I’m in the mood for next.

How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading these days? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

24 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday–8/6/14

  1. A book blogger who likes to read about sports – I thought I was the only one! And I love John Feinstein…One on One is on my TB list and I’ve read most of his other books. I also have Everything I Never Told You on my TBR list and have heard great things! I just finished listened to Delicious on audio and thought it was ok, not great. Could be the audio…

    • If you’ve read Feinstein’s other books I think you’d really like One On One–for someone who hasn’t read him, I don’t think it would be all that interesting. I really like Feinstein–he’s one of the authors who I automatically read whenever he publishes a book!

  2. It’s too bad you didn’t love Landline but I guess they can’t all be amazing or the amazing books would blend in. I’ve really enjoyed Reichl’s nonfiction so I’m hoping to try Delicious soon. One on One looks interesting. I like Feinstein and this looks like one both my husband and myself would enjoy which is always fun. Great reading this week!

  3. I had exactly the same thoughts about Landline. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. I have heard so many things about Everything I Never Told You. I shall have to check it out soon!

  4. I like foodie fiction, too… Delicious is on my list!

  5. I’m very excited to read Everything I Never Told You. I just need to fit it in the reading schedule. I did order Landline this week so we’ll see whether I’m in the majority or minority. My W’s are here …

    • I hope you like Everything I Never Told You–it’s a fairly quick read, but there’s a lot packed into it. I believe it’s Ng’s first novel–I’m anxious to read more!

  6. I’ve been wanting to read Landline, sorry to hear it wasn’t the best for you.
    Where do you get your audiobooks from? I use Audible but only use the book that comes with my free credit; it’s so expensive 😦

    • I use the free Overdrive app on my iPod and borrow the mp3s from my local library–they have a pretty wide selection and they let you keep them for 3 weeks. I’ve looked at Audible but I figure why pay when I can borrow from the library for free?

      • Definitely! I’m currently in-between towns right now so my library card is kind of out of commission. My hometown card expired after high school and I hadn’t gotten around to getting one for the town I moved to. Now, I’m moving to another town in a month, so I have to wait to get one for the new town haha.

  7. That’s too bad about Landline; that’s on my TBR pile. Here’s my WWW Wednesday:

  8. I’ve been debating whether I should try “Delicious!” I’ve enjoyed Reichl’s nonfiction, but I’m SO picky about fiction.

    • For some reason I’ve never read any of her nonfiction, which surprises me now that I think about it because I do really like reading all types of books about food and cooking. I think I need to do something about that . . . 🙂

  9. You’re comments about Landline make me interested to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s books. Eleanor & Park was great, but it’d be interesting to read some of her more “adult” work.

  10. I’m glad Landline was ‘fine’ for you but it is better that the characters in Everything I Never Told You stayed with you. To me that is the mark of an excellent read!

  11. I liked Landline a lot more before I read Eleanor and Park and now I agree…not her best!!! Here’s my WWW

    • Agreed–it just doesn’t compare to E & P–but then again, they’re two very different books, so maybe it’s not a completely fair comparison. At any rate, it won’t stop me from continuing to read the next new book from Rowell!

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