I finished reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, a historical gothic fiction about Frances Wray, who accepts lodgers into her home that she shares with her mother. Although meticulously detailed in descriptions, it did tend to drag on in quite a few places. This bothered me more towards the end and it was really annoying waiting for the other shoe to drop especially when the shoe finally did drop, it was very unsatisfying. I also felt that there wasn’t that much chemistry between the main relationship and it felt like instalove. I think it would do good with some serious editing. Also, I consumed this on audiobook going to and from work and if I didn’t, I don’t think I would’ve made it through.
My rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read The Paying Guests? If so, what are your thoughts?
This week I read Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and I’m in love. I loved the writing style. I loved the pacing. This book definitely checks all the boxes for my ideal book. We follow Lionel Essrog, an orphaned young man who has Tourette’s. Tourette’s is no laughing matter but I couldn’t help but laugh at the situations it gets Lionel in and his random tics at the most inappropriate times. The novel is heavily character driven and if there wasn’t Lionel Essrog, this would just be another run of the mill crime novel. This book is definitely one my favorites of the year.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Have you read Motherless Brooklyn? If so, what did you think about Lionel Essrog?
I started Paralegal classes last week so I have even more stuff to read now. As a result, I haven’t finished reading Eat, Pray, Love yet but I’m sure I will by next week. So I have decided to do something different and list my top favorite book tropes.
1) Enemies to Friends to Lovers. I love that slow burn love where the couple starts out hating each other but by the end of the book, they can’t imagine being apart.
2) The Antihero. I love reading about morally grey characters and their redemption story, even unlikeable villainous characters about whom you find out the reason behind their villainy and understand where they are coming from.
3) Utopia is actually a dystopia. At the beginning of the story, it might seem great, this utopic world but you soon come to find out at what cost like in The Giver.
4) Unrequited love/forbidden love. We all have crushes and it’s something we can relate to when we read about them in books as well as forbidden love. Two people that stand against all odds.
5) Road Trip/Adventure. Especially with enemies who fall in love or a group of antihero’s who are all friends.
What are some of your favorite tropes that you love to read about in books?
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I recently finished reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier. A tiny bit slow to start but I pushed through to the first 100 pages, reading it out loud to myself to focus, and then it was my jam.
At first, the narrator (whose name is never relieved) was annoying, a pushover and a 21-year-old who was easily persuaded into marrying a 40-year-old man, which I was very bothered by. Come to think of it, I didn’t like any of the characters in this book but in a good way. I felt like the main characters were all morally gray (a mix between good and bad) and I love that in a book.
At 200 pages, we were steaming along a well-paced, beautifully written and subtly creepy story, a classic and one that I hope you read. It’s definitely worth it.
My rating: 4/5 stars
If you’ve read Rebecca, what did you think about it?