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December 2013 Book Log

Just What Kind of Mother are You? – Paula Daly

Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight

Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok

The Perfect Husband – Lisa Gardner

We Are Water – Wally Lamb

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?  was just okay.  There were parts in the book that were completely unnecessary and didn’t apply to the story line at all (breast reduction, the Aunt that could have had some significance the story, but didn’t).

Reconstructing Ameila got me out of my reading slump!  It kept me interested and wanting to read more.  The plot had twists and turns and was not predictable.

Girl in Translation was another good read.  It was something different and you really rooted for the main character Kimberly.

The Perfect husband was a good suspense book.  It reminded me of an Iris Johansen or Tami Hoag book, which I haven’t read in a while.  Apparently this book is in high demand at the library and could not be renewed so I ended up speed reading the book in just a couple of days.  I would have enjoyed the book more if I could have taken my time.

I tried reading Orange is the New Black, got to page 180 and gave up…life is too short for books you don’t enjoy.  I started reading We Are Water and so glad I made the switch.  It was a fairly long book, but it kept me engaged the entire time.  I liked how Lamb went back and forth between characters for chapters.

November 2013 Book Log

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

After the Rain – Karen White

The Good House – Ann Leary

The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards

The Road from Gap Creek – Robert Morgan

Tell the Wolves I’m Home was just okay.  It has great reviews and when I checked it out from the library the librarian said it was a tear jerked.  Either I am heartless or the librarian lied because I didn’t shed a single tear.

After the Rain just isn’t my kind of book, a little too predictable, didn’t really like the characters or dialog.  Maybe I am just getting bored of reading so many books that seem to be just like this one.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Good House.  While I was reading it I kept wondering where the story was going to go.  The ending was suspenseful and had a few surprises.  So of the three I have read this month so far this one was the best, but still not great.

I was pretty excited about The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.  My husband actually saw it at a bookstore and thought it might be a book I would be interested in.  By reading the back of the book he was right, but by actually reading the book, he was wrong.  I thought that there would be more emotions in the book since it was such a huge topic or at least more going on between the two families, but it was just blah.  I would love to read the same storyline from someone else though.

The Road from Gap Creek was good, but not as good as Gap Creek.  Maybe I am reading too many books and becoming a hard sell for a great book.

October 2013 Book Log

Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld

Taking Chances – Molly McAdams

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes – Denise Grover Swank

Sisterland was long…I felt like I was never going to stop reading it (not a good sign when you are reading a book and have those feelings).  The sisters were supposed to be clairvoyant, but the story line was not believable at all.

Taking Chances was recommended to me, but I did not like it at all.  I hated the dialog in the book, people do not really talk that way.  The storyline was not good and not believable.

Twenty-Eight and  a Half Wishes was a book about psychics, much like Sisterland and I would even say it was better than Sisterland.  I wouldn’t say it was my favorite book and the ending is kind of predictable, but of the three books I read this much it was my favorite, unfortunately that isn’t saying a lot.  Here’s hoping to a good reading month in November.

September 2013 Book Log

I absolutely fell in love with Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.  It drew me in from the very beginning.  I couldn’t put it down, definitely a memorable book.

Brain on Fire was just okay.  I am sure if you have dealt with the issues she wrote about then the book would be much more appealing.  I don’t think she did a good enough job telling the story to make me understand the severity of her disease.

All the Summer Girls was a good summer read.  It was light and fresh.  I wish the ending gave more information as to where at the girls would end up, but I am also the type to snoop at Christmas.

Me Before You was a modern day Beauty and the Beast.  I couldn’t put the book down.  I was so into the characters and was reading the book through tears.  Any book that can evoke that much emotion is a great book!

The Kitchen house was another book that I could not put down!  It has been such a great reading month for me.  Some parts of the book made me want to scream at the characters.  The story was a great story and had you rooting for everyone in the kitchen house.

August 2013 Book Log

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Reflection – Diane Chamberlain

The Promise of Stardust – Priscille Sibley

The Good Nurse – Charles Graeber

Shine Shine Shine – Lydia Netzer

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison

Loved Orphan Train.  I read it in just over a day.  I couldn’t put it down.  Loved the characters, loved the writing.

I have pretty much read all of Diane Chamberlain’s books, but this one seemed to be never ending.  I felt like I was never going to finish it…it just dragged on (kind of like I am doing now).  I have enjoyed many of her other books, just not this one.

The Promise of Stardust was pretty good.  It is a Target Book Club book and the books that they have chosen have been pretty good.  I have been into books that make me think a little bit about different scenarios and what I would do in that situation.  Would you want to be on life support?  Would it make a difference if you were pregnant?

The Good Nurse is a true story about a male nurse who at random poisons his patients.  I thought the book would give more background into the nurse and patients, but it really didn’t.  Kind of disappointed, especially since I waited on the library’s list for about five months.

Shine Shine Shine…I am not even sure where I heard about this book.  It got off to a cold start.  I didn’t really get into the story line until about 200 pages in so that isn’t a good sign.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette was such a refreshing read.  At first I thought I was going to be overwhelmed by how many characters were in the book, but it quickly drew me in.  Loved the writing and the humor.

I have seen The Silent Wife recommended in a few different places so I hopped on the wait list at the library.  I am not sure what the big deal about this book was.  I thought it was going to be super suspenseful and something that I couldn’t put down, but it was neither.

July 2013 Book Log

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer

Big Brother is on so that cuts my reading time in about half.  I didn’t think I was going to be able to get into Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I ended up really getting into it.  I loved Oskar.  At first I didn’t like the chapters from the Grandparent’s perspective, but then I grew to like them.  I did not like the ending though…it gave me heavy boots.

Eating Animals is not my usual kind of book since it is non-fiction, but it was super interesting and graphic.  I thought the book was really going to push vegetarianism, but didn’t necessarily do that.  It was more a book about the treatment of animals and a book against factory farming.  I would definitely recommend this book!  It didn’t make me a vegetarian, but certainly made me more aware of how food makes it to our table.  A great book that brings up interesting topics that lead to interesting  conversations with other people.

June 2013 Book Log

Secret Lives – Diane Chamberlain

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

The Pretty One – Lucinda Rosenfeld

Her – Christa Parravani

The Escape Artist – Diane Chamberlain

I really enjoyed reading Secret Lives.  I loved the first person diary that went along with the story.  Glad to have a good book to read after May, which kind of stunk for reading.  I read a bunch of Diane Chamberlain books last year, but took a break.  After this one I put a few more on my wish list.   I am pretty sure this book only comes in e-reader format, but I am not positive.

Sharp Objects was my least favorite of the Gillian Flynn books.  I was disappointed since I really liked her other two books.  I didn’t like the character development.

The library bombarded me with books.  The Pretty One was on my list for a while, but I wasn’t crazy about it.  I am in a book slump.

Her was a memoir.  I wasn’t that into it though.  I kind of feel bad saying that since it is someone’s life and their experiences, but not for me.

The Escape Artist, finally a good book.  This book kept my attention and made me not want to put it down.  All signs of a good book.  I need to see if there are any other books by Diane Chamberlain that I haven’t read yet.