November 1, 2017

After a way too long absence from the blog, I’m back! Here is what I read in October!

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
3/5 stars

Plot (from Amazon): Doomed to―or blessed with―eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

What I thought: I had never read this one before and I probably would have liked it more if I had first read it as a child. However, I did still enjoy it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes middle grade books.

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
3/5 stars

Plot (from Amazon): Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.

What I thought: This was my Book of the Month pick a few months ago. I really liked the premise of this one and I did really enjoy it…but for some reason I just didn’t love it.  If Goodreads did half stars, I would have given it a 3.5 because I did feel like the idea was really original.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
3/5 stars

Plot (from Amazon): In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature―sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths.

What I thought: This is another one that I would have given 3.5 stars if I was able to do that on Goodreads. I really enjoyed most of the letters in this books. There were just a few I could have done without, hence it not getting 4 stars. I did add several books to my TBR list from the book though, so that’s always a plus.

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
4/5 stars

Plot (from Amazon): Their story begins with one letter on their wedding night, a letter from the groom, promising to write his bride every week—for as long they both shall live.
Thirty-nine years later, Jack and Laurel Cooper die in each other’s arms. And when their grown children return to the family B&B to arrange the funeral, they discover thousands of letters.
The letters they read tell of surprising joys and sorrows. They also hint at a shocking family secret—and ultimately force the children to confront a life-changing moment of truth…

What I thought: This was a really easy read. Some of the writing was pretty cheesy, but I really enjoyed the story. There are family and relationship issues discussed throughout the book, but the writing style still makes for a light read.

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I’m really excited to be blogging again, so be looking for another post later this week.



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