Snow in July* by Heather Barbieri
This is one of the few books that I continued reading even though I didn't particularly like it. I read I think because the author did a great job capturing the place. It was set in Montana but it could have been where I grew up. I recognized the town. The characters were also familiar. I could have gone to high school with them. As the book progressed and I realized I didn't like the book, I also remembered I didn't really like some of the people I went to high school with.
The Book Thief**** by Markus Zusak
Every once in awhile I read a book that outclasses nearly every other book I've read. The Book Thief was a wonderful book. It was terrible (set in Germany during World War II) and devastating but also funny and sweet and filled with hope and love and joy. I can't possibly describe it and won't even try. But read it. Do.
On Little Wings by Regina Sirois***
I liked this book. I was judgmental about it at first because I had just finished The Book Thief and it was hard to compete. Also, there were grammatical errors. You can tell from reading my blog that I'm no grammar whiz so obviously, these were pretty obvious grammatical errors. The book got a lot better as it went though and I ended up enjoying it. I am a sucker for a book about sisters. It's about two sisters that are estranged and a daughter/niece that tries to get them together. Also it is set in Maine.
I want to go to Maine.
One Day by David Nicholls*
I don't recommend this book. I think the only reason I kept reading it was because it was just compelling enough to keep me going and want to know what happened and also, I read it mainly by the pool in Palm Desert and maybe the sun addled my brain. I skimmed a lot of the book. It was a series of really bad choices made by two people and then it ended terribly. I usually don't feel this annoyed when I finish reading a book. I wish I hadn't wasted my time.