Thursday, September 6, 2012

pageturner: lone wolf (and giveaway!)

I seem to see novels by Jodi Picoult everywhere I go. The department stores always have a big display of her latest bestseller. So I picked up Lone Wolf in my op shop the other day, despite not being a fan of tortured family dramas and giggling at the reminder of the best man's re-enactment of the speech from The Hangover performed at our mates' wedding.

Having a week where I've had trouble maintaining focus, I struggled to engage with this story. The plot was a little formulaic and I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The drama follows a whole family's journey after a motor accident, with lots of fashbacks and skeletons in closets and the like. It was a pretty easy going read, probably perfect for lounging on the beach with. I imagine if you are a fan of Jodi Picoult's work, then this would be a winner!

Speaking of winning, I would like to gift one follower(within Australia) with the book of their choice from August. Let me know if you would like
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, or
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
in the comments, here. I will pick someone in a random fashion on the weekend.

winner announcement!
Congratulations Michele! Let me know which of my August reads you would like me to send you. Shoot me an email tuppennylanevintage (at) gmail (dot) com with your postage details. You too Christina, I'd love to send you something also :)

Time to restock for September!

7 comments:

  1. wasnt this written by her teenage daughter or WITH her teen daughter? A lot of her (JP) stuff is v formulaic. Some are better than others(think the one about the Amish girl was readable, like The Pact when I first read that but that was ages ago, umm salems falls I think it was called was good (some are downright terrible...Songs of the Humpback Whale, Picture Perfect?) - but really shes just a quick and easy summer/beach/camping trip/airport read not too meaty.

    Yeah I bypassed this one (Lone Wolf) - lifes too short

    persisting with Parrot and Olivier at the moment but keen for something really engaging...not sure if it is anygood but heard the author on radio today Jeet Thayil his new book Narcopolis long listed for Man Booker prize about India in the 70's and 80s and influenced I think by his own 20 year herion addiction? May be worth a read

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  2. Yes, Michele- airport read, perfect description. This was my first JP, there are other light-reading authors I would probably pick up first. Will check out Jeet Thayil, new to me! :)s

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  3. I can't say I'm very keen to read her work, but I enjoyed your thoughts on The Shadow of the Wind and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I read The Kite Runner quite a few years ago, before having children, and it was our last read for book club. I started reading it again but I came to the book as such a different person, being a mother now, and I put it down before I got to the really difficult, emotional parts. I do love the thought of a book about loving reading, as I am an avid reader and always have been. :)

    PS. Have you read 'The Book Thief'? It is the most beautiful and engaging book. Highly recommended.

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