Friday, August 31, 2018

August Reading List

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I've loved every book written by Isabel Allende and this one is no exception. I read House of the Spirits in college, and I've been hooked ever since.

This is the story of woman and her colleague/landlord and the adventure that happens to them when a young woman in trouble is inserted into their lives. They have the best of intentions for helping her but things don't go as planned...think snowstorm, dead body, it get's complicated!

The characters are interesting and complicated and wonderful. The story is well paced and fascinating with some unexpected twists. I just think you should read this book.

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This book was an interesting story but it dragged on and on and on. If you are good at skimming, this is for you. I almost gave up on it a couple of times but my book club friend encouraged me to continue. The ending was good, but the main character was totally drunk and drugged throughout the book and her constant description of physical symptoms got annoying. I would not recommend this book.

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Another favorite author of mine for totally different reasons, this book is a continuation or sequel to the book BEARTOWN. That was a great book and this one takes place in the same town the following year.

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This book was recommended to me by my friend Darlene. She knows how much I love history and this book, while a dark and awful true story is a fascinating read. I'm so glad she told me about Killers of the Flower Moon. I think it's important to know all of the history, not just the white, male, 'refined' version that ends up in history books in school. I didn't know the story of the Osage Indians or the awful way in which they were treated by the government (a whole new and different form of abuse than is commonly known). It's a complex tale of many horrific crimes but it's well told and it is so interesting. I want to know more about these people and their experiences. I would highly recommend this book even though it is not a happy story.

David Grann also wrote THE LOST CITY OF Z which was a true tale of the exploration party in the amazon that went missing. I enjoyed this book as well, several years ago. I would recommend it too.


So this month's reading is really 'all over the place'. I like to read and share a variety of types of books, but this month really is varied... fiction, psychological thrilled, sequel and non-fiction. I've got some good books waiting for me next month as well. Thanks for reading along with me!

Enjoy every page,
Diane


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4 comments:

  1. I am going to try "In the Midst of Winter"--I read "House of Spirits" a while ago, too...thanks for the suggestion...I am always on the lookout for good books hugs, Julierose

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  2. Always looking for a good read. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  3. I love seeing your quilts and quilting, but the book blurbs are usually my favorite posts each month. It makes me happy to know others are reading and still finding time to quilt! :) This month I read Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger (highly recommend) and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman, also very good. I'm going to read more by both of these authors. Now I'm in the midst of The Overstory-rec'd pending...

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  4. Glancing through Bloglovin and I see your book review post and I must visit immediately! Love seeing what you are reading and what I need to add to my list.

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