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This book took me FOREVER to finish. Over a year of stops and starts. I would finish a book, pick this book up for a week or so, be so bored with the story I’d give in and start a whole new book. Wash, rinse, repeat. I thought, living in Chicago I’d really enjoy learning more about this history of the World’s Fair and how it shaped the city, but Erik Larson is one wordy individual. By the end of the book I found myself more interested, both as the Holmes’ case began a larger focus, the fair opened, and places I know and visit in Chicago came center focus, but still, it was a slog. For a history buff I think this would be an interesting read, but I just couldn’t get into the story.
I couldn’t help but feel like this book was trying to be “Room”. Obviously not the same story as here an entire family is locked in a basement, but a story told from the side of a little boy who’s never known anything other than his life in the basement where you know eventually he’s going to figure out the truth and his world will be forever changed was just so similar. Once the story shifted and you learned the pre-basement story I found it a bit more interesting, but also highly unbelievable. No one in their right mind would go to the lengths they did or be so heartless. I guess it was an ok read, but if you want to hear a story from a little boy’s perspective about growing up in a basement shut away from the world, just read “Room”.
I downloaded this book as part of the monthly free book from Amazon prime. It wasn’t a very deep book, but it kept you interested as the plot twisted. It definitely wanted to be more sophisticated than it was. It wasn’t a bad book, but I definitely wont be reading the next book in the series.
Another “meh” book from the Amazon Prime free Kindle of the month offering. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t amazing, and I found myself just sort of coasting through it without being very emotionally invested in any of the characters. It rounded up to three stars instead of two stars with the dramatic twists at the end that got me a little more engaged, but they felt a little forced. I’m ready to be done with it and move onto something else.
Oh this wonderful book. As someone with a little sister whom I struggle to connect with and get along with, where I found myself absorbed most deeply with the story was the relationship between June and Greta. I saw my little sister through the eyes of June, struggling to understand why her big sister has suddenly turned on her. This book is a tale of relationships. Between parents, sisters, relatives, boyfriends and strangers. Each intertwined, beautiful, terrible and life changing. Such a wonderful read. I recommend it to everyone.
I am a sucker for a book about people living polygamy, especially women and children escaping from it. When I saw this book was listed as a possible Goodreads title of the year I immediately checked it out from my library. Ruth’s story is as heartbreaking as one would imagine. From extreme poverty, to neglect, to sexual abuse Ruth and her siblings suffered immensely under her family’s fundamentalist views. But as depressing as it is, it is also a story of survival and perseverance. It was a wonderfully fast read and I recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by stories of polygamy.
Towards the end of the book I found myself much more engaged, and the pace of the story had increased to a point where I was wanting to stay up later to read just another chapter. But a slow start, and a soft ending kept the book from being more than “ok”. The main character lacks depth overall, but is likable enough. Some of the other characters in the book definitely stole the show. Not exactly a book I’d recommend to someone, but not a terrible read either. Kind of unmemorable.
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