So, I didn’t make it through my goal of reading all the books in the Tournament of Books shortlist this year. What can I say, law school gets in the way of everything fun! But I did manage to make it through 7, which is more than I was able to do last year, and I’m working on book #8 now (Long Division by Kiese Laymon, which I’m enjoying so far). Since the pre-playoff round of the Tournament is tomorrow, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all on the books I have read. But I think straight-up books reviews all the time can get boring, so I did these with a twist—a Twitter-style twist.
Here are my thoughts on some of the Tournament of Books X finalists, in 140 characters or less…
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Fascinating premise—what if you were reborn each time you died + lived a new life? Took me a bit to get into, but then couldn’t put it down.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
We reviewed this as our first BoTM in Dec. Really liked the story and even when it felt saccharine-sweet, it also made me smile and swoon.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Everybody should read Jhumpa Lahiri’s books. I adore Interpreter of Maladies, but for those readers who prefer novels, pick up The Lowland.
The People in the Trees
by Hanya Yanighara
Prob wouldn’t have read this if not for its inclusion on #ToB shortlist but so glad that I did. Surprising + lovely. #holyfootnotesbatman
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Past, present, quantum physics, history, and myth converge in humorous tale about a young Japanese girl and the writer who finds her diary.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Colorful and evocative story disguised as a business self-help book follows nameless hero seeking wealth but tempted by siren call of love.