Friday, December 30, 2011
Books I Read in December 2011
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher ***
I like books by Rosamunde Pilcher. They satisfy my anglophile tendency from time to time. This book was long with a parade of sympathetic characters. They were kind and gracious and made me want to buy an estate in Scotland and hole up for the winter.
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere ***
This book is based on the song, "The Christmas Shoes" which is one of those overly sentimental songs I don't like all that much. I did like the book. The characters seemed real. It was sentimental and made me cry but that's not exactly newsworthy.
This Year it Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy ***
I think I like anything Maeve Binchy has ever written. She is a great story teller. The only drawback with her collections of short stories, like this one, is that I get involved with the characters and want to read more than just one short story about them.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ****
The best book I've read this year. It's a true story about the life of Louis Zamperini. He was an Olympic runner and a POW during WWII. I learned a lot in the book about World War II in Japan (where he was held prisoner). I also learned about resiliency and forgiving and the amazing capacity for survival humans have. I'm telling you. Fabulous book.
True Colors by Kristin Hannah ***
This was a great book. I love Kristin Hannah's books. They sometimes go into more...ahem...detail than I prefer but the stories and characters are so compelling that usually I need to stay up late and finish the book. This one was no exception.