Monday, December 18, 2017

October/November Book Report

Well hello there....It's been awhile since I posted a book report. Sometimes I just stop reading as much and then I don't feel like talking about it. Let's get caught back up! There is no time like the present.

Louise Penny is amazing and her latest book, Glass Houses: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) is even more so. It has layers and layers to peel back. So many layers. The book addressed the opiate crisis with a murder at the core. I loved visiting the residents of Three Pines and Chief Inspector Gamache. I love that town though I'd never live there - too many murders! 

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult was a book club read with my Coffee & Crumbs Year of Creativity group. It was so uncomfortable. There were parts where I had to put the book down and just walk away. The  most upsetting part was how all of it was true. The book addresses a family of white supremacists and what happens when they accuse an African-American nurse of harming their baby boy. 

Anything by Ann Patchett makes me happy and this book off essays was wonderful. I listened to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage read by Ann Patchette herself. My favorite essay has to be the one around the trip she took in an RV with her now husband, Carl. It was so well written and I wanted to listen for hours. 

This is one book that unfortunately took me a long time to read. Magpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz is a book with in a book - both about murders. It was a fascinating read but something kept me back from flying through it. 

I actually read The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter for an article I wrote on Swedish Death Cleaning and I loved her brisk, honest writing. It is true that we should clear out the clutter so our loved ones are not left to pick up our stuff. Such an inspirational read. 

I picked up Louis Undercover at the library, intending to read it to the kids. Then I saw it was about an alcoholic father and decided to just read it myself. It was tragic, beautifully drawn and happy all at the same time. 

The Burning Girl: A Novel was the Seattle Refined Book Club pick for November. I really liked this book even though there were a few too many things left unanswered. I don't need all of a book's mysteries to be answered but this one left too many unanswered.  This is a story about two girls in middle school and their friendship. Trauma rips them apart and questions are left unanswered. 

Yearly Book Total: 45/52

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