Sample Saturday – two families, a spy, and an investment

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Why I have it: No idea

Summary: Teenage Mexican girl and Panamanian boy fall in love. Their immigrant families are not thrilled, thinking they should be more focused on the ‘American dream’ than each other.

I’m thinking: No – the writing is fine it just didn’t grab me.

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

Why I have it: Because it’s rare that the ABC Book Club were unanimous about a book (in fact, it only happened 11 times in eight years).

Summary: Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy… He is soon dragged into an underworld of dæmons and suspicious characters.

I’m thinking: Maybe. Not my usual thing but it does start well.

The Locals by Jonathan Dee

Why I have it: I like Dee… not sure how this new one slipped my attention.

Summary: The story of a contractor/ home restorer and a wealthy financier and how their worlds collide following 9/11.

I’m thinking: No. What’s happened, Dee? The dialogue was clunky.

9 responses

    • I really liked his other books. Read the first chapter of this one and see what you think but I reckon it lacked the wit and sly observations of his other books.

      • I used to do that but my TBR stack is out of control so I started giving myself hurdles by downloading samples – amazing how many samples I then reject 🙄 And just to go a little further, at the end of the year I go through all of the samples I’ve said ‘yes’ to, and choose 10-15 that are still calling my name. And those are the books I buy. 😬

  1. Ooo, I keep forgetting about the Pullman book! I loved, loved, loved ‘His Dark Materials’ so I must treat myself to a copy of this soon.

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