Doing reviews this way is lots of fun, and I'm glad the Weekly Geeks are doing it again. I may start doing this myself from time to time, asking you - my lovely readers - to ask questions about the books I'm reading, especially for books that I'm having a hard time reviewing. But for now let's just get to the reviews, shall we?
First up is the book I read, Life Is So Good.
I haven't read the book (or even heard of it before -- I'm slow!) so can you give me a bit of a summary without too many spoilers?
What led you to pick this book up?
I read this book after seeing it reviewed here. Because another review led me to read it, it was perfect for the Irresistible Review Challenge. I failed the challenge because I didn't complete this one in time, but that's perfectly ok with me (I had a really good reason - see my answer to the next question for details).
Easy one: did you enjoy it? Why or why not?
I LOVED this book. It was very readable and always kept my interest. I liked how each some of the chapters began with news from the time period, and continued with what was going on in George's life at that time.
After just a few chapters I was telling my Gram (she's 84) about it and she asked if she could borrow it. Of course I said yes. As I mentioned in this post, Gram isn't a big reader so I was quite impressed when she finished it in just a few weeks. She says it was a wonderful book, and that George is a lovely man. She really enjoyed reading this one.
Was his life really "so good"? Why did the book have that title? Do you think it fit?
George had a difficult life, but he was always happy. He lived in the moment, not worrying about what tomorrow would bring. He didn't expect things to be perfect, he didn't expect people to be kind (at least, not all the time) and he didn't believe that anyone owed him anything. Based on that, you may think that he was depressed, or pessimistic, or something like that, but he wasn't. He just took life as it came and made the best of it every day.
For him, life really was "so good" ... it's a perfect title for the book.
Did you learn anything you didn't already know?
Yes! I learned how different life really was for "colored" people [George's word] in the South in the first half of the . Of course I knew about segregation, and the Klan, and things like that. But it's the little things that I just had no clue about that really struck me.
There are so many things I learned from this book, but nothing that I would say is "profound" ... it's just the details of life that are often overlooked that were so fascinating to me.
Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
Just for fun, here's a picture of my Gram reading this book!
And now on to Book Nut's book, John Adams.
Way back when my blog was young, I read Setting the World Ablaze. The one thing I got from that book was how under-appreciated is. In the comments, someone recommended this one to me. But... I forgot about it until my dad reminded me about it in March. It took the I Heard it Through the Grapevine challenge though to actually get me to read the book.
As always, if you've reviewed either of these books please let me know. It's more fun when there are a variety of opinions!
Bold.Blue.Adventure is the one that turned me on to Life Is So Good in the first place (although I read her review when she cross-posted it on the "In Their Shoes" Reading Challenge Blog).