Besides Goodreads, blogging book reviews is the way I keep track of what I’ve read. But sometimes I get lazy or I don’t know what to say or I borrowed the book from someone and I felt obligated to give it back right away…
So even though I’ve read the first three books in the Outlander series and Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, I haven’t reviewed them. I’m going to try to do that now.
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; published 1992 (!!!) by Dell
I knew Outlander was old, but I hadn’t realized how old! I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, what with all of the rave reviews of the new show by Starz (it absolutely KILLS me that I don’t get this channel… I’m holding out for Netflix or the DVD).
There’s a good reason Outlander has been popular for so long… it’s riveting. This series has some pretty irresistible elements:
- Strong female protagonist
- Ethical dilemma
- A healthy dose of time travel and magic
The reason I haven’t reviewed the books I’ve read until now is because I start to get incoherently gushy about it. The other reason is I don’t know how to talk about the following books without giving away too much of what happens. So I’m stuck.
Here’s what I will say:
- The characters are in-depth and real
- Once you get to the following books, Gabaldon is a master at weaving in details and plot points from the previous books
- It is a bit graphic (sex and violence), so if that’s not your thing, consider yourself warned
- This book feels like indulging in a big hot cocoa. You know it’s probably not good for you… but it is soooo delicious.
2. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand; published 2002 by Ballantine Books
Another oldie, but surprisingly excellent. Unfortunately, I read this book after I went to Kentucky and watched horse races at Churchill Downs in May this year. I would’ve enjoyed the races so much more! C’est la vie.
I never thought I would enjoy a nonfiction book about horse racing. But I couldn’t put it down. It read like fiction, with Seabiscuit’s jockey, trainer, and owner as three unlikely heroes drawn together by one unlikely horse. Hillenbrand’s descriptions of the races will get your heart racing, I promise. All nonfiction writers could learn a thing or two from her.
And now Hillenbrand’s other book, Unbroken, is being made into a movie. That is definitely on my To-Read-Before-the-End-of-the-Year list.
Have you read these books? Are there any books you’ve read that you’re still waiting to review??
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