Mini-reviews: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan; and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Title: The Heart of the Matter
Author: Graham Greene
Genre: Historical fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork.

Graham Greene writes fantastic sentences. He also writes about very deeply flawed, human people, who are often very misguided. The Heart of the Matter wasn’t a perfect book: the foreshadowing of the ending was very heavy-handed. It wasn’t a cheerful book. But it was a gorgeously written book that made me think, and I’m glad I read it, even if it didn’t turn out to be a very popular choice for a read-along.

Title: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: The Friday before winter break, my mother packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons and took me to a new boarding school.

The Titan’s Curse is book three in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and was our latest read-aloud choice. The boys and I were thoroughly entertained from beginning to end, and the boys wanted to immediately launch into book four. One of the things they love about Riordan’s books is his chapter titles: “The Vice Principal Gets a Missile Launcher,” “Everyone Hates Me But the Horse,” “I Go Snowboarding With a Pig,” and “The Gods Vote How to Kill Us,” to give you a few examples.

Title: Anne of Avonlea
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Shelly Frasier
First line: A tall, slim girl, ‘half past sixten,’ with serious grey eyes and hair which her friends called auburn, had sat down on the broad red sandstone doorstep of a Prince Edward Island farmhouse one ripe afternoon in August, firmly resolved to construe so many lines of Virgil.

This sequel isn’t quite as deliciously perfect as the first book in the series, but still full of delight and wonder and all of the Anne-with-an-e joy that I remember and love from reading it as a child. I am thoroughly enjoying my reread of the series. I didn’t love Shelly Frasier’s narration as much as I did Kate Burton, who read the first book, though. She didn’t quite capture Anne, and didn’t do Marilla justice at all, in my opinion.

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12 Responses to Mini-reviews: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan; and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    They all sound good to me! I read the first Anne of Green Gables series but have never continued with the series but I really want to.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I love the whole series – it’s like coming home to reread them. :)

  2. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’m so eager to read The Heart of the Matter … because of you, it’s high on my list!

  3. I have never actually read Anne of Green Gables :/

    I still need to read another Graham Greene after my my big investment in The End of the Affair

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    The End of the Affair was a good but difficult read for me. I need to give him another go.

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  7. Kathleen says:

    I’d love to read this series by Riordan and also to reread Anne of Green Gables and the rest in this series.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – the Riordan series is so much fun – the boys and I have really enjoyed them.