I love reading and up until last September I was reading two books a month. But with the move back to CA and the excitement of the holidays I fell out of the habit. In an effort to get back into it (and because I miss talking about books with my girls in San Francisco), I have decided to start my own online book club: Reading with Mrs. I hope that this series will open up a dialogue with any other book fans out there as well as give you ideas for books to read (I know I am always looking online for the next great read!). Note: there will be no summaries, only my thoughts on it and I might be very vague at times. I hate when people give away any part of a book so I am going to try hard not to do that to you. Book number one was The Improbability of Love. If you’ve read it, I’d love to know what you thought about it!The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Overall: 3 Stars (out of 5)
This book has the right amount of deceit, murder, history, sadness, romance, humor, and food to make it a decent read. The story follows a dozen or so characters in London in the months leading up to a high-end auction. Rothschild frequently changes point of view, jumping between characters from chapter to chapter and sometimes even paragraph to paragraph. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters written from the point of view of a sarcastic and witty inanimate object, but I found a couple of the characters to be boring and seemingly pointless to the story as a whole.
Because I was out of the habit of reading or perhaps because there were so many characters to follow, it took me 100 pages to get to that “I can’t put this down” feeling. Rothschild spared no detail in describing most events of the story, but in the last handful of pages, it felt like she was rushing to tie up the storylines of all the characters.That left me wondering why I had put in the time and effort to even get to that “I can’t put this down” feeling. When I closed the book for the last time I thought, I liked that, it was entertaining, but I didn’t love it.
Now that it has been a few days since I’ve finished the book, I can say that I am glad I stuck with it despite it’s flaws. Rothschild has an entrancing way of describing things like smells, tastes, and subtle personality traits that made up for parts of the book that were lacking. I can’t say that everyone should stick with it if it takes them 100+ pages to get into it, but I am happy that I did.
I am currently reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. President Obama deemed this book the best book of 2015 and I am interested to find out if I agree. I only started a few days ago, so there’s still time to grab a copy and join the Reading with Mrs online book club!
Tell me what you thought about The Improbability of Love in the comments below!str