Books For Breakfast #29

Book Reviews

This breakfast I read:
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut 
The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Slaughterhouse 5 was one of those books I feel like I should have read in high school, but didn’t. I feel like it’s a classic anti-war book. I was a little shocked because my dad hadn’t even heard of it, but my mom had to read it in school. Anyways. It’s a bit out of this world and confusing, to say the least. It jumps all around, which makes sense, since it’s written from the point of view of a guy who isn’t all too stable. That’s part of what makes the book interesting. I feel like I can’t really spoil this or anything, since there isn’t much a “plot” per say, it’s really more of an underlying message about how war is terrible and really messes people up. I mean c’mon, those aliens? It really makes you think. After I finished I set the book down on the coffee table and sighed, letting it mull around in my brain. Wars are full of terrible haunting things. 
But, if you haven’t read it, the book is certainly worth a read…though it’s a jumble of confusing things, it still gets the point across as clear as day. 
I’ve talked you guys up and down about Nesbo I’m sure, but I finally got my hands on the FIRST Harry Hole novel. (Wow, I’m reading these so out of order it’s physically painful) Anyways. All the other books make vague illusions to this book, so I HAD to read it. Not to mention it shows Harry in the start, which is rather different from Harry in the middle of the series. It’s a crime fiction, murder mystery, insane plot twist book and I love it. Though, for the first time ever I actually knew who it was before the big reveal and I was SO EXCITED, maybe I’m just terrible at reading clues, or maybe I’ve read so many of his books that I’m finally getting the hang of it….or perhaps it’s just that this was the first book so he made figuring it out easier? Who knows, all I know is that I’m proud of myself! The ending was crazy and of course it stretches reality a little in that, wow this would never happen in real life, but then again….crazy things DO happen. 
If you are reading the series though….read this one first. I wish I would have actually read these all in order, it would have made everything make a little/lot more sense. 
Next on my list is: Wisdom of Psychopaths & Cinnamon and Gunpowder!

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!