Latest NetGalley Reads

Besides going out with my sister to see comedian Hannibal Buress (whom I LOVE!), I didn't do anything exciting over the three-day weekend and I'm not mad about it. It was nice to not have any plans. We did chores around the house, let the kids destroy the playroom, I watched a few Lifetime movies and read a ton of books. Check out what I finished from my NetGalley shelf. 

Hausfrau: A Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum This story follows depressed American housewife, Anna, living with her Swiss husband and three kids in Zurich. To try to bring some happiness, excitement, or purpose to her life she takes classes, sees a therapist, and has a bunch of affairs. It took me a long time to get into the book and I almost stopped reading it twice. I didn't really like anything about Anna, though I imagine living in a foreign country without any friends would definitely take a toll on me, so I tried to sympathize. I thought it was well written, but could have done without the constant flashbacks, mundane details, and most of the therapy sessions. I felt a lot at the end, which is how the book redeemed itself for me. 

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova The O'Briens are an Irish Catholic family living in Boston, who are devastated by the news that their patriarch, Joe, has been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. His four children, all in their twenties, have a fifty percent chance of inheriting the fatal neurodegenerative disease. This books starts with Joe, dealing with his symptoms and finally figuring out what's causing them, then switches focus to his daughter, Katie, to show how she and her siblings cope with the news and the impact the disease will have on their lives if they test positive. I enjoyed the family (though the characters seemed a little stereotypical) and thought it was a quick read (I finished it in one day). I didn't know anything about HD beforehand, so it was nice to read about it, but after a while the information was repetitive. 

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread by Chuck Palahniuk I've read a handful of Palahniuk's books and though transgressive fiction is always a little uncomfortable for me, I've enjoyed them. That being said, with this collection of short stories, I was more disturbed than intrigued. I flat out skipped over some stories after just a few paragraphs. And while reading others, I was so confused by the writing style and incorrect word usage, I gave up on those too. Thankfully, the book lightened up as it went on and there were some pretty great topics. My favorite stories were Zombies, Loser, and Cold Calling. 

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


Elle Sees said...

i feel the same way about chuck. looks like i'll skip this one! I was on vacation for a week so I am slowly getting caught up with everyone! Elle Sees

Rose @ Ramblin' Rose said...

I've read some good Palahniuk books and some downright horrible ones. He is very hit or miss for me so I'm always on the fence with him.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I think I read 4 books this holiday weekend. I need to do one of these posts soon.

Karen Peterson said...

I've been meaning to get around to Inside the O'Briens, but I keep putting it off for some reason. I'm glad to know it's good!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I saw Hausfrau pop up somewhere but glad I read your review first. OBriens was mentioned by another blogger so I hope to read it.