Hello friends! I’ve been away for so long, I’ve forgotten how to do this blogging thing.
All of those summer reading plans in my last post went completely out the window. Both Middlemarch and Cecilia proved too much young girls + potential suitors = ensuing drama to hold my interest. And my son could only tolerate 3 pages about Mrs. Lynde in the first chapter of Anne of Green Gables before abandoning our read-along.
I don’t think I completed an entire book this summer except The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman which our puppy dog shredded… Luckily, I was able to finish the book and loved it. Review to come.
Right now I’m reading a lot of Canadian content:
The Hidden Keys by André Alexis – I won this ARC from my local library and it’s the follow-up to the award-winning, Fifteen Dogs. It’s about a Toronto thief on a mission to steal several unique mementos to piece together a family mystery that may or may not lead to riches. It’s not exactly boring, but not quite tweet-worthy either. The mystery has held my attention, but I find all of the characters flat and forgettable.
Birdie by Tracy Lindberg – Birdie was one of the books featured during this year’s Canada Reads that I wanted to read. Unfortunately, I had to return the book to the library before I could finish the last 100 pages (story of my life). I struggled with the way the book trips back and forth in time to different episodes in the character’s life, but I liked the book’s focus on female relationships and that love having the power to heal. I need to read the rest to form a better opinion.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – Reviews in the media use words like breathtaking and epic to describe this book. It makes me laugh or want to gag. The book tries very hard to be all of these things with a story that weaves through time and place following the lives of several connected characters in Communist China and Canada. I actually still don’t understand who’s who or what’s what, but figure if I keep reading it will make sense (hopefully). I can’t decide if I actually like the book. Have you ever been in that situation?
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue – You probably know the author from the success of her novel, Room. The author will be visiting my town, so I made it my mission to read at least one of her books before the event. Slammerkin is about a teenage girl who discovers the harsh realities of survival on the streets when she becomes a prostitute in eighteenth century London. She moves on to become a country house maid and discovers what it means to try and live like normal folk. The transformation of poor, innocent Mary Saunders into a young girl trying to rise above gender, class and the life she was born into has had completed hooked.
What books did you fall in love with or DNF this summer?
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What I Binged Over The Summer: House of Cards S4 (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright), Stranger Things S1 (Winona Ryder and several amazing kid actors), 11.22.63 (James Franco).
Special Mention: Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Five stars, hands down. If you don’t plan to read the book by Jojo Moyes, watch this movie because it’s just as wonderful. Funny, romantic (without the saccharine) and perfectly cast. This movie gave me the warm and fuzzy feelings I didn’t realize I needed.