“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” ― Shirley Jackson

Recitatif: A Story
Recitatif: A Story by Toni Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story is brilliantly written! Two characters, Twyla and Roberta, one black, one white, but which is which? And what about Maggie? The reader is left to decide. At only 40 pages, this story really packs a punch. Highly recommended. Borrowed from the library.

The Accomplice
The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read the first half, then skimmed the second. While this book had an intriguing start, the constant timeline jumps, abrupt POV changes (even within the same paragraph), and numerous unappealing characters made me lose interest. I remember reading The Passenger six years ago and enjoying it, but I found The Accomplice to be underwhelming. Borrowed from the library.

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a difficult book to rate, but I think it will land at 2 stars. The more I think about it, the less I like it, so there’s that. VLADIMIR wasn’t at all what I was expecting. With the blurb and title, I assumed it would be a suspenseful homage to LOLITA with the roles reversed. Nope. Instead, we got lots of meandering thoughts from an unnamed narrator. Little dialogue, unfortunately. I never quite understood or was convinced of her fixation with Vladimir. Weird ending. BOTM selection.

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on Books (#24): RECITATIF • THE ACCOMPLICE • VLADIMIR

  1. Do you participate in other subscription boxes other than BOTM? Also, I finally got a copy of The Overnight Guest from the library. I’m reading it now!


    • BOTM is my only subscription box. I’m trying to do better this year and read their books in a timely manner. My BOTM to-be-read stack is ridiculous! (Hope you enjoy The Overnight Guest!)


  2. Vladimir was a DNF for me at the 51% mark. I just did not like the way it portrayed a well-educated, 58 y/old woman. She was such a downer IMO.


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