Saturday, March 3, 2012

Book Club of One

Last month I decided to join the local public library. I love to read for pleasure but really haven't had much time in the last five or so years being busy with school. So, I got a library card and have been steadily plowing through books ever since.

I have a list of books I want to read but if I notice one on the shelf that looks interesting to me I try it out, that method has been very successful thus far! I'm going to start posting books that I read and think that you guys may enjoy too. I'm always on the lookout for a good book!

The first book I got from the library on a whim ended up being pretty good. It's by the same author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (sweeeeeet name!) and it's called
Her Fearful Symmetry.

Back blurb:

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers--with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.
The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building's other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including--perhaps--their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.
Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life--even after death.

So, bottom line rating: 6/10. Not too deep or moving but keeps your attention the entire time. Different than most books I read. You'll enjoy if you like ghost stories and such but it's not too hokey if you don't. Let me know if you read it!

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