Book Reviews: February 2019

This might be my shortest review since I switched to monthly round-ups. I technically only finished one book, and I don’t have a picture of it to share because I didn’t have time to take one in the chaos of moving from DC to Salt Lake City.

I don’t feel bad about just one book since I got 800 pages into Oathbringer this month. I still have 400 pages to go but I’m loving it so far.

So! My one book in February was:

  • The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins


In The Life We Bury, college student Joe Talbert is struggling with balancing family, work, and school, when an English assignment prompts him to interview a Carl, a Vietnam war veteran. The things he learns about Carl’s life change the trajectory of his own.

*pretend there’s a picture of the book here*

This was my last book for my DC book club (!!!) which I was in about 3.5 years. According to Goodreads, I read 26 different books while in this club. Sometimes I missed meetings and sometimes I went to the meeting without having read the book. Overall, I loved the club because it introduced me to many books I probably wouldn’t have read on my own.

The book was...okay. It felt like Eskins just had a list of things that make a good book and tried to cram it all into one. Tragic murder? Mysterious neighbor? Sick war vet? Family problems? Financial woes? Check, check. Throw it all in there! I don’t have a problem with any of those things individually, but all of it together (especially with that over-the-top ending) kept me from loving it. The most compelling part of the book was Joe’s relationship with his brother. If it had focused more on that and Carl instead of trying to be shocking, I probably would’ve liked it a lot more.

The Life We Bury is one of those books that keeps you entertained for a couple hours and is easy to get through, but it’s not going to offer anything unique in the world of thrillers.

Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars (Rounded up to 3 on Goodreads.)