So, I made a resolution to read at least 12 books during 2012…and I want to share that journey with you all! I figure if I share my progress with the world, it might keep me accountable; I don’t want to fail this year!
I somehow managed to finish my first book of the year before January ended; hopefully I can keep myself on track!
Book 1: Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
I have heard MANY people talk about their love for Jodi Picoult books in the past. This was my very first foray into her writing (crazy, right? I feel like I had to have been living under a rock). In hindsight, I probably should have started with one of the “big ones,” like My Sister’s Keeper.
Vanishing Acts was ok. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst. However, I did start reading it back in 2011, put it down for MONTHS, and then returned to read most of it in 2012. I never do that with books…so that has to say something for my interest level. Here’s a short description (from Goodreads)
Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.” In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth – even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you’ve loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you’ve always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life – as we know it – might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.
Overall, it was an easy read…and the plot line really didn’t surprise me. You can pretty much figure out what is going to happen from the first few pages into the book. The book does switch around in perspective between the different characters (so you see the different sides of their experiences), but with all of the switching around I really think you miss out on character development.
If you’re looking for an easy read at the beach or the pool, this book might be right up your alley. However, I don’t know that I’d recommend it in the end! Moving on to book #2…The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
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Have you read Vanishing Acts? If so, what did you think of it? Would you recommend that I pick up another Jodi Picoult book in the future?