A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig (★★★★☆)
If you remember the four years of Trump’s presidency as a blur (because at the time you were just trying to get through them, and have since tried hard to forget about them), this book will bring things into focus again (in case you are eager to relive the agony we all went through).
Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig have done a fabulous job recounting the Trump years in a matter-of-fact, journalistic style that is easy to digest, but hard to get excited about. There were definitely a lot of events that I vaguely remembered but didn’t put into context at the time. I want to recommend this book and not recommend it at the same time.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (★★★★☆)
I finally finished this book, after having to wait around to borrow it for a second time from the (digital) library. I didn’t finish it the first round (not because it wasn’t good, I just didn’t
have make much time to read in October.)
In this book, we meet Nora, who doesn’t want to live anymore (trigger warning!) and tries to commit suicide. However, she ends up at The Midnight Library, a place between life and death, where she gets to “try out” other, alternate lives. I I thought this book had an interesting premise, because who hasn’t contemplated what life would have been like if we had made different choices along the way? Life, after all, is a string of endless, big and small decisions (and consequences) and while some decisions feel more significant than others, every single one impacts the life that follows. This book is a little dark and heavy at times, but I really enjoyed it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (★★★★★)
This is my favorite book of all times. It was first released in the 1990s (and I first read it in German), so this is probably a book most people have (at least) heard of? I am not going into the details of the story (you can read the synopsis on Goodreads) and I know that a lot of people love it and a good amount of people didn’t like the book(s) at all.
What I will say is: this is my genre; (well-researched) historical fiction with an epic love story, and detailed story-telling. What else could you want from a good book? Ok, up front I would have said that I could have done without the time travel (I am not much into science fiction), but I make an exception for the sake of this epic story. I am sure I am also in the minority as I’ve seen people comment that the book is too long, but personally, I LOVED that this book has 900 pages (and 8 sequels), because if a book/story is that good, I never want it to end.
I re-read this first book of the Outlander series in 9 days. I could not pull myself away from the story. Yes, this book is violent in places and has not few sexually explicit scenes, but the story-telling is amazing, the characters are deep and complicated, and I am a big fan of Gabaldon’s detailed writing. I feel like I could see everything she was describing in such detail in front of my mind’s eye. Oh, and I forgot that there’s also a good amount of humor in her writing.
I know they made the books into a TV series. No, I have not watched it yet. To be honest, I had such a vivid image of Jamie and Claire (and everybody else) in my mind that I didn’t want that ruined by a show. Of course, eventually, I did see a trailer for the show and now can’t get the actors out of my mind as I re-read the book(s). So, I might give the series a try after all, because I know most people say that they did a great job in the adaptation. Have you read the book(s) or seen the show?
What did you read in November? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment, and then add me on Goodreads to keep in touch.