Cassie Lynne’s Reads
In the name of ethical journalism, I should be candid: I don’t actually own a nightstand. Since I usually fall asleep with a book (or, more often, my Kindle) resting on my chest, there really isn’t any need for one. And in my charming (read: cramped and overpriced) Brooklyn apartment, space is of the essence. So rather than “What’s On My Nightstand,” let’s call this “The Books I’ve Been Cuddling With at Night.”
For the past week or so, I’ve been spooning a copy of Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I downloaded this one based on Amazon’s editors naming of it as one of their “Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far,” and it also received excellent reader reviews. It is a tale about how real love can be strange and unlikely, and can often find us when we’re least expecting it. I don’t want to disappoint or discourage, but I am not crazy about it so far. I find the characters (primarily the narrator, an awkward, 14-year-old girl) difficult to believe and inconsistent in their development. I was once an extremely awkward pubescent girl myself, so perhaps I’m too closely comparing my own traumatizing years to those of the narrator. That said, if anyone has read and enjoyed it, I’d love to discuss in the comment section below. Perhaps you can sway me. I’m a sway-able gal.
Like the rest of America, I recently finished sleeping with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I thought it was a great read, although I wasn’t as disturbed by it as some were, and it thankfully did not keep me awake at night. Yep, I snored and cuddled with this one just like the others, despite it falling into the “thriller” category. I also have some strong, negative emotions about the way Flynn ended it, but at the risk of giving anything away I’ll keep those thoughts to myself. Again, willing to discuss below.
I’ve decided to nuzzle with a compelling memoir once I finish Tell The Wolves I’m Home – I’m just not sure which one. I’m craving something real, surprising and well-written. Suggestions welcome and appreciated.
Also taking suggestions for a collapsible, space-saving nightstand. Sigh.
Cassie Lynne is a communications professional by day and an avid reader and writer by night. Her favorite authors include Wally Lamb, Alice Hoffman and Diana Gabaldon. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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