Friday, July 29, 2016
Books I read in July 2016
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer ***
I usually avoid reading the back cover or dust jacket of any book. Too often there are spoilers and I don't want to know. This book left me so confused right in the beginning/middle that I gave up and read the back cover. That sort of cleared it up and I was able to limp along until things became more clear. I read a lot of this book on different nights at about 2:00 in the morning which is my insomnia time of choice lately. That may have contributed to my confusion. It ended up being a good book though. It was set in Georgian England and had its share of sword fights, balls, gambling, romance. I liked it.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell ***
I liked this book too. I have to note here that the language was not fabulous. I forget about language in books and then I give my mom a book for her birthday that has bad language. It happens a lot. So note to self... Rainbow Rowell books read like romantic comedies. And I like them. And they make sense even at 2:00 AM.
We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh **
This book mostly stressed me out. I had nothing against the characters or plot, it was just stressful. The characters found themselves in really difficult and complicated circumstances and I didn't see an easy resolution. There were illegal immigrants, teen pregnancies, abandonment, deceit, bullying, socioeconomic injustice. Yikes. So I didn't love the book because it caused me anxiety. And yes, I am shallow.
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart ***
This was a pretty good book. It alternated between two stories and was sort of heart breaking and also hopeful. It was about a baby who was stolen as an infant and her mother that was committed to a mental hospital in the aftermath. There were kind and redeeming characters throughout.