Title: Interview with a VAmpire
Author: Anne Rice
Themes/Topics: Vampires, Immortality, Innocence
Great read. I read this who knows how long ago and was excited to delve back into the world of Anne Rice. She is truly an amazing author.
This is what vampires are REALLY supposed to be like! *Cough* Take a note, Twilight *Cough* The only issue I had with this read was that after seeing the movie, which was phenomenal, it was hard to read the book and take it at its value without imagining Cruise, Pitt, Dunst, and Banderas.
Title: The 13th Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield
Themes/Topics: Gothic, Austen, Truth, Secrets, Twins
This book was complex, surprising, and very very interesting. Great for a book club, as you can either talk about how parts of it gave you the heebie jeebies or really get into some criticism and compare to other literature, and discuss what inspired the author, as connections to well-known literature are clear. It is much different than I expected, and gives you a lot to think about regarding truth, secrets, and the damage both can cause.
Title: House of Sand and Fog
Author: Andre Dubus III
Themes/Topics: Family, Pride, Addiction, Desperation
This book was a gift from a friend. That I received in June. I started reading it then, but it was just tough so I put it down. I finally picked it up again about a month ago and finally have made it through: I consider it a major victory.
It was one of the hardest things I've ever read because it was just unforgiving. From the very beginning, to the bitter end, it was depressing and a harrowing look at what desperate people can do, and how quickly things can unravel. In addition, the pace was glacial but I still had to finish it because I had to know what happened. I would recommend it because it is well-written but it's definitely the kind of thing you read only once.
Title: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Themes: Magical Realism, Love
Loved it just as much this time and didn't want to put it down. Next up, re-reading all of her novels. So dear to my heart!!!
This was a reread: see below for my original review.
I absolutely loved this book. One of my favorite authors is Alice Hoffman and this book is very reminiscent of her writing. I would say that the plot is a little predictable, but I didn't mind. It was a comfortable, relaxing read. If you are looking for something to read that is an easy read and will make you smile, definitely pick this book.
Title: Fast Food Nation
Author: Eric Schlosser
Themes: History, Non-fiction, Fast Food, Health
As a food lover and health enthusiast, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to eat in order to have a healthy and balanced diet. This is tricky of course, because there is so much conflicting information about what exactly "healthy and balanced" means but I try my best.
Although I rarely (only on car trips) eat fast food, this book has probably curbed me of even that habit. Schlosser does a good job of explaining the entire history of the fast food industry, and the changes it has made to our nation, in a way that I feel is balanced and fair. Some corporations and the meat/potato packing industries come out looking very badly, but that's only because it seems they are doing bad things.
Other than Raising Cane's (regional, chicken fingers, started in Louisiana) I believe I am off of fast food completely. A lot of the information in this book resonates with me, and I won't soon forget it, but the things I'll remember most is that McDonald's uses "beef flavoring" in the french fries. Just makes you wonder what exactly is in everything else...