If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman is another one that came up for my Kindle from the library this week. It’s the story of two sisters who have been estranged since something happened to them in their youth. Most of the book is spent alluding to this “incident” by all three of the main characters without telling you what happened until close to the end. It was a good story and an enjoyable read, but annoying to be teased the whole way through about what it was that had happened.
In my new discovery of reading on the iPad, I also learned that I had borrowed Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan 20 days ago and it was due today. So, I set my mind to it and read it yesterday and this morning. It’s a delightful love story, based on the real relationship between author Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. I didn’t know anything about them and this was a wonderful story which I fell right into. It’s easy to find at the library, and was available right away as a digital copy. I do wonder if the availability of digital library books is going to be compromised with libraries closed, but, for now, lots of titles are coming to me and I am enjoying the diversion from the read world!
I was so excited to get the epub book The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. While I struggled to figure out how to read it – and finally discovered that the iPad was the best way (OMG – LOVE reading on the iPad – it’s so GIANT for these old eyes) – ultimately, it was a huge disappointment. I LOVED Station Eleven and had high hopes for this one. But it didn’t live up even remotely. This story centers around Vincent (a woman – I found that challenging each time I read it) who has an interesting life bouncing from place to place and ultimately as the wife of a shady investor. While it was a quick read, none of the characters were ultimately likable, and it was such a far cry from Station Eleven’s magnificence that I would recommend skipping it.
I’ve had The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson on my to-be-read list for a long time and it finally came up at the library. I had never heard of the blue people from Kentucky, so this was an interesting read. However, it was reminiscent of The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes – two books with similar subject matter published reasonably close in time. This one was the story of the traveling librarians who delivered books to remote readers in Kentucky, entwined with the story of the blue people from Kentucky. Amazon says: “Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.” It’s a good read, but a little bit of an overlap from Jojo Moyes. Worth a read, nonetheless.
The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin was a nice diversion. It moves quickly (though about 50% through it got a little dull, but then picked up again) and is mostly about Georgia’s relationship with her best friend, a gay doctor who is fired from the clinic where they work. The question is: is he fired because he’s gay, because he treats transgendered patients, or because he’s stealing drugs from the clinic. In between this story is the romance Georgia has started with a man she saved from dying on an airplane. I would have liked a deeper dive into the romance than the book gave, but overall, this was a good choice. I’d grab it if you are looking for something to take your mind off the state of the world.
I liked American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins despite the controversy. It’s the story of Lydia and her son Luca whose entire family is murdered by a drug cartel. She and Luca must flee Acapulco and make their way north to safety in America. It’s a fast-paced, hold-your-breath kind of read and a really interesting story. I didn’t adore it and I’m not sure why. Perhaps I need some lighter reading in this moment in time? I did really enjoy it, but it wasn’t a five star read for me.
I was so excited to find In Five Years on the shelf at the library the day after it was published. I was going to splurge and purchase this one, I was that excited to read it. And, it proved to be as good as I thought it was going to be! Described as perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Fine Day, it certainly delivered and was just what I needed right now. I read it in about two hours. Amazon says it well: “When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie…[nails] her interview and [accepts] her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, [she] goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan. But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.” I’ll leave it there. Grab it – it’s just the right kind of story to get your mind off what’s going on in the world.
I haven’t posted in while. No surprise, right?! It’s the busiest time of year for me at work and, well, the world right now. I have found myself watching WAY more Netflix while working than reading these days. And, it took me forever to slog through this one. While I was originally so excited to find The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedman in our Little Free Library, I almost abandoned it multiple times. I think I read a good review of it somewhere (Gayle, was it you?) and it seemed like a fun book to grab. And, while it was fun, there wasn’t much to it and I pretty much hated all the characters. Not a good way to enjoy a book generally. I did finish it, but wouldn’t recommend it.
I loved Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. It’s the story of a family who are moving cross country. Their plane crashes and the only survivor of the plane crash is the youngest son Edward. In alternating chapters, we learn about the passengers in the last hours of the flight and the new life Edward forges with his aunt and uncle. The only thing that made this book not five star for me was that there was no explanation for how he was the sole survivor of the flight. It was so unbelievable for him to walk away from the crash, that I had trouble getting past it. However, the story was touching and interesting and I really enjoyed it. Also, the cover was quite pleasing. 🙂
I have no idea where I read about Talk to Me by John Kenney. It came right away when I requested it from the library and seems to have been chosen as a fabulous winter read by Southern Living (!). It’s the story of a newscaster who falls quickly from grace because he is heard swearing on camera. I enjoyed Talk to Me, but I didn’t love it. It got a little bogged down in the middle, and was better at the beginning and end. Overall, it was a creative story, but not completely page-turning.