I had been writing short reviews of the books I've read on my Facebook status. I should get back to that. Excuse the ungrammatical nature, this was to fit into space restraints
Everything is Illuminated: Maybe I don't "get" it, but I wldnt recommend this book. There are sections that are great, you're simply pulled along, I literally couldnt put it down when I startd, but finishin it felt like work. Some of it was just so weird n far out, n frankly not all that engagin. Like some kind of experimental art that goes a bit too far n insteada bein profound just becomes pretentious n self-conscious. Like I said, maybe I just didn;t "get" it
Just finished 'The Way We Played the Game,' historical fiction on football from the beginning of the 20th century. Old-school rules, 3 downs to get 5 yards, all players are eligible ball carriers, and none of that fancy-pants "forward pass" stuff. Starts off a little slow, but really picks up. Probably aimed at a late high school-aged audience, but I enjoyed nonetheless.
Just finished "Horse Soldiers" by Stanton. Good, but not great, account of the Special Forces soldiers sent into Afghanistan in the early days of the war. Learned a lot; starkly different portrayal of the war compared to "Restrepo" - One thing I didn't add in my FB review but came out in the conversations thread that developed, I'd highly recommend Roberts Ridge over Horse Soldiers to anyone interested in reading a nonfiction account of a battle/campaign from the war in Afghanistan