Friday, September 29, 2017

September Book List

I wanted to like this book. I checked it out from the library after waiting for it on my request list. I started reading it and found it to be a quick read and interesting for about the first half. Then it sort of fell apart for me. I actually started skimming a bit and eventually gave up. I'm kind of annoyed that I had to spend $2 in late fees because I couldn't force myself to finish it. Oh well. I can consider it a charitable donation to my library. Read at your own risk.

I listened to this book on CD while driving and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I think the CD was better than the book because the accents were amazing. I love a good British accent and this one made me smile and even laugh at times. The characters are complex and likable and not too predictable, but realistic. The story is told from several perspectives and those are the books I seem to like best these days. I really enjoyed listening to this would and would definitely recommend it.

This is a 'Young Adult' or 'Teen Fiction' novel but it speaks to the truth of grief and loss and finding one's own strength in a way that I found so inspiring. I loved the characters, and the teenage angst and the relationships! I didn't want this book to end, and I am SO glad I read this. It never got annoying or irritating and the characters were all people we have known or still know! Please read this book, you will not be disappointed. I promise!

I listened to this book in one weekend while I was driving around the entire state of GA. I had an almost five hour trip to visit a guild, then I took a detour on the way home to visit my son at UGA. So it was nice to have one book for the entire journey. I liked the book for the most part, it was interesting and kept me curious, but the main character was became a bit annoying by the end of the book. I liked the other characters very much, and it was a good story, so I would have to give this one a solid B, maybe a B+.

I have just started listening to this on CD and know that I am going to LOVE it! It's actually read by the author and she has the best southern accent that makes her writing come to life exactly as she intended it to (obviously!) I have read everything by her and would highly recommend all of her books. She writes the best stories about strong southern women and their often unconventional, always wacky families and friends. She is one of my favorite authors of all time. Her books make me laugh out loud. 

As always, I love it when you leave your recommendations in the comments!
Enjoy every chapter!


  1. Diane, I started following you because of your lovely quilts but am finding mysekf grateful for these book reviews as well. (I am reading my way through Geraldine Brooks presently.) Thanks for ALL you posts!

  2. THanks for the reviews! I just finished Beneath a Scarlett Sky and it was fabulous. It's based on the life of a true WWII survivor and set in France-a great read if you like historical fiction. I'm now looking forward to A House Among the Trees-thank you!


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