Thursday, March 4, 2010

Slow Readers Book Club: Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

"Sometimes after I finished a particularly good book, I had the urge to get the library card, find out who else had read the book, and track them down to talk about it." - pg 90


I actually got this book from Melissa during an Autumn Comfort swap. She had read it and knew I loved memoirs and sent it to me. I had never read Walls' "The Glass Castle" so i really didn't know what to expect.

i enjoyed every page and the author's style of writing. It was such a fast read because of it. Her style of writing was precise in how she described situations/events and the strong character's view on life-- surviving not only life back back in the 1930's, but personal tragedies. If you've read it, the part i loved most is when her younger sister stayed with her after trying to break ground in Hollywood.

I could so clearly picture Lily Casey walking into town, high on hope that everything was going to be okay and then the moment she stopped in her tracks and realized what was actually happening. Jeanette Walls showed me that scene so well.

Half Broke Horses was such a great first selection for the book club and I'm excited to see what is chosen next.


(read about the Slow Readers Club here)

12 comments:

Iva said...

awwww lovely horses!!

Raquel said...

You must read The Glass Castle! One of my favorites.

Carolyn said...

I have Glass Castles! If you'd like it it's yours! Message me your address and I will mail it out to you! Half Broke Horses was amazing!!

Micaela said...

Carolyn, you are SO sweet!!! :) I actually really would love to read it so i'll message you, and I can send it back when I'm done. You're a darling to offer :)

xo

Jen said...

Thanks for the review, Micaela! I'm going to have to check out this book.

Erin Elizabeth said...

I haven't read this one yet, but I did enjoy "The Glass Castle"! I was lucky enough to get to see Jeannette Walls speak about her childhood last year; she was wonderful!

This one is on my to-read list!

Krissa said...

oh i love the quote you chose at the top...love that!!!
i want to read the Glass Castle too...
i did really enjoy her writing style too and what she wrote at the back of the book explaining why she called it a novel!

Erin said...

This is one I haven't read but I'm going to add it to my list right now. Merci, mon amie... xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oy still have to read it! On my list for TOMORROW!

tinypaperheart said...

i definitely want to read this now! and i can't wait to see your engagement pictures. :)

Marisa said...

i have yet to start this.... boo, i am way behind on my reading.

JenRem said...

I loved this book as well. I need to do a review on it asap. I loved reading everyone elses though. Makes me feel happy :)

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