Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Books I read in December 2015
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen **
I've been on something of a Sarah Addison Allen binge lately. I went to the library a while back and got every book from her I hadn't already read. This wasn't one of my favorites. It was a reprise of the characters from Garden Spells and I don't remember books well enough to have years pass between reading books about the same characters. I always enjoy books by her though. I love the tiny bits of magic here and there.
Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston *
This book was confusing and I didn't make it very far. If I wanted to read something complicated and hard to understand and I would read about our health insurance. I don't, so I have no idea what our insurance does and doesn't cover.
Long and Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott *
A book by her I'd never read, let alone heard of? I snatched it up. I guess the title should have tipped me off. It was very melodramatic and I didn't get too far before I abandoned the book.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume **
I liked this book but almost quit reading it several times. It was about a series of plane crashes that happened in the 50s in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Judy Blume lived there then and remembers the crashes so that interested me. All the characters were fictional and I liked some of them and loathed some of them. I thought she did a really good job of creating a world in 1950s New Jersey. I didn't appreciate the dips into immorality that she took that seemed wholly unnecessary. I expect better things from the creator of Superfudge!
Where'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple ****
I love this book! I had already read it years ago but I re read it because my book club is reading it. The book is kind of a satire of Seattle which I appreciated and made me laugh out loud at times. It's also a story about a sort of dysfunctional family and how they find their way.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen ****
I really liked this book too. It's set in a small quirky town in North Carolina full of quirky people (a giant for one). I liked the characters and the magic and it was just fun to read.