Book #25 of 2006

Holy Fools
by Joanne Harris
Rated 7/10
384 pages
Published 2005

Comments: It's been awhile since I read this one, so I don't know how much I can remember about it.  I do remember that I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Chocolat and Blackberry Wine, my two favorites by this author.  Harris used to be one of those writers I would automatically buy, as soon as a new book came out, I had to have it.  But then I read Coastliners, which, while a decent enough book, was a disappointment all the same.  I attributed this to reading to many by the author at once, I usually like to space things out a bit. 

So, late last year I decided I might would give her a chance again and added a couple of books to my Amazon wish list.  Well, my MIL and SIL both bought me two of the books I added; Holy Fools and Sleep, Pale Sister.  Soooo, obviously, I had to read them. 

Holy Fools was good, much better than Coastliners.  Although, come to think of it, I can't remember what I didn't like about Coastliners.  Hmmm….

Anyway, it's familiar territory to previous Harris books.  Strong, independant female lead.  Religious themes.  All in all a decent book.  Probably won't reread, but enjoyable.

7 thoughts on “Book #25 of 2006

  1. Oh yeah so glad to meet another book lover 🙂 Thank you for stopping by blog earlier. I love Joanne Harris but think the same thing happened to me. Nothing could quite live up to Chocolat. I do recommend Sleep, Pale Sister. Creepy.

    Hope your little one is feeling better too!

  2. I read this last year and wasn't quite sure what to make of it if I remember correctly. I enjoyed the reading of it, but it was the thinking about it later that got me!

  3. Iliana, thank YOU for stopping by! I love your blog so much, so I'm quite pleased to see you here! I will definitely get to Sleep, Pale Sister soon. I'm in the mood for a creepy read.

    I love your name by the way. My little one is named Eliana (we call her Ellie for short). And she's almost back to fighting strength. Barely slows her down!

  4. Marg, I totally know what you are saying. As I was sitting here trying to think about what to write about it, I had that problem. Didn't know what to think of it. I enjoyed it, but couldn't quite remember why. It's not going to be a book that stays with me very long. Obviously, since I barely remember what it was about!!

  5. Hmm. I have just about all her books, but I have only read Chocolat. Go figure. I was thinking of starting this one earlier in the year, but someone said they didn't like it, so I put it off. Another so-so review. The cover is cool though, don't you think?!

  6. Danielle, I highly recommend Blackberry Wine. I loved it more than Chocolat, it's probably my favorite by her. And yes, that is a very cool cover. I'm a book cover whore, I have to admit it. I love beautiful covers.

  7. I also highly recommend "Gentlemen & Players". FANTASTIC!!! Im in a ring for "Holy Fools" over at BC and I can't wait to get to it! It'll be my 4th book by Harris. 🙂 "Chocolat" was my least favorite, I know Im in the minority..

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