PopSugar – March

My wish to complete PopSugar by the end of April is not to be (maybe by June?). I only managed three books from the regular list, and one from the advanced list. While I have only eleven books left on the regular list, and while I can definitely read more than eleven books in one month, some of the books I thought I would read turned out to be duds and I DNF them.

Maresi by Maria Turtschanioff
#26 – Author from a country you’ve never visited (Finland)
Maresi moved at a slow pace, but I loved the descriptions of the abbey, and the maiden/mother/crone mythology. Magic was only brought out as necessary, and its scarcity gave the story a feel of magical realism. It was definitely a dark book, both with character histories (specifically Jai) and what happened when the island is invaded. However, there was a lack of character development, and Maresi felt somewhat two-dimensional. She would have benefited if the maiden/mother/crone mythology had been given more page time.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#29 – Unreliable narrator
My husband read this years ago, and recommended that I read it as well. It is an existential novel about a man who has become unstuck in time, who bounces around on his life timeline, splitting his existence between living on Earth and living on an alien planet as an exhibit. Was this his actual physical experience or was it a psychological experience caused by the trauma of war? It definitely felt like Vonnegut was trying to work though his survival as a WWII POW and the bombing of Dresden. Death and destruction are universal. So it goes.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
#33 – Set in two different time periods
This book gets some flak for the characters acting younger than their age, time travel mechanics holes, and the effects of interacting with people from different eras, but I really enjoyed it. The audiobook sucked me in, and none of the flaws really stood out to me. I was more absorbed in how Gwyneth coped with the bombshell that she was her generation’s time traveler, when she had spent a good chunk of her life being shunted off to the side and ignored by the majority of her family.

ADVANCED LIST

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill
#42 – 2016 bestseller
This book was cheeky and sarcastic, but the tone became incredibly obnoxious. I don’t need to be hit on the head with a hammer, and trying to make it witty does not lessen the redundancy of repeating information. Most of the information presented wasn’t new to me – I’ve read multiple books about the Victorian era – but for someone who has read a lot of romance or fiction set during that time, and hasn’t delved into the actual history, it would be both fascinating and a bit shocking.

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