Books in Brief: January Roundup

I’m well into meeting my reading goals thanks to more free time than usual and while I posted about the books that really captured me for their own reasons, I read others in January too and decided I would post in brief about some of them.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz 

I put this book on my Christmas wish list because I really enjoyed Lagercrantz’s first go at continuing Lisbeth Salandar’s story following the death of Stieg Larssen and for the most part, this book delivered. Lagercrantz delivers the same great characters and delivered stories that were compelling, interesting and newsworthy – always important to Blomvkist’s part of the story. There is badassery, high-risk situations and lots of drama so definitely worth a read if you enjoy the series. It wasn’t my favourite and I think Lagercrantz’s first book was better than this one but he is doing well by these great characters. They’re even making a movie out of his first book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which I blogged about a couple years ago in case you are interested in learning a bit more:

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

I had very high expectations for this collection because I was very taken with Kaur’s first collection, milk and honey. I think those expectations have left me a bit unsure about the sun and her flowers. It is a beautiful collection of poetry about love, family, immigration, pain, abuse, losing love and so much more and similar to her last collection, there were poems that really struck me. Words that described how I have felt at a times and a way of looking at the world in such a positive light at other times. But why I say I’m a bit unsure is because I didn’t feel as strongly about the collection as whole as I did with milk and honey. Perhaps my expectations were too high or maybe I am just a different person, in a different headspace. That in itself is worth more thought on my part. Regardless, it’s a beautiful collection of poetry from rupi kaur that is worth reading if you liked her first collection, have enjoyed collections from other “instapoets” or are looking for something new in poetry.

My blog post about milk and honey can be found here:

 A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

 I was excited to read this one because I was really impressed by Lapena’s first novel, The Couple Next Door – it stood out for me in the suburban noir genre. I’m a bit on the fence about this one because I read it in one sitting (late into the night) so it captured me but I also felt like perhaps it was a bit too close or too similar to The Couple Next Door. Perfect married couple thrown into something that is not clear at the beginning but it’s their secrets that start to unravel as the story moves on. Detectives involved and an interesting perhaps shady neighbor that reminded me a bit of the interesting/shady neighbor from her first book. There is not necessarily anything wrong with a formula – there are lots of bestselling authors that have used a compelling formula of some sort to sell millions of books and I’ve read some but I think I was expecting bit more. I can’t say I was fully disappointed since I did read the entire thing in about three hours as I just needed to know what those secrets were. If you like the genre, it’s worth a read. And you can find out more about The Couple Next Door through a blog post I wrote last year:

More to come about Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth and Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.


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