I wonder if it's a coincidence that the two spookier books were my favorites this month?
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger- This is the new book from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife. I have to admit, I liked this better. It's spooky and strange, but not nearly as complicated as TTW. I thought it was very atmospheric.
Where You Once Belonged and The Tie that Binds by Kent Haruf- Haruf's books Plainsong and Eventide are two of my favorites, so it was high time I read some of his other work. Of the two, I preferred the latter, but both were good. Simple and quiet, but strong books.
Confessions of a Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado- Nothing new, really. This is Sandra Bullock's sister, she opened a bakery, etc.
Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged her Fridge, Sold her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days by Vanessa Farquharson- It's gimmicky, yes. She decides to make one change per day towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I'd skip the book and read the blog.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- (young adult) A friend at work raved about this book (and heck it won a National Book Award) so I gave it a try. It's good. I still prefer John Green for YA novels. I should probably ask my friend what she liked so much about it. Taryn?
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry- Also recommended by a work friend. Loved this one! Perfect read leading up to Halloween, too, as it's set in Salem.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown- Yep, I read it. And guess what...I actually enjoyed it. I wonder, though, if that's because I so rarely read stuff like this.
101 Things to Do Before You Diet: Because Looking Great Isn't Just About Losing Weight by Mimi Spencer- I love the concept--dressing to flatter, having confidence, etc. I was dismayed, however, to find that there was also quite a bit about, you guessed it, losing weight.
The Carousel by Belva Plain- Yeah it's melodramatic and dated and trashy, but it's still fun to read! This is one of those books you're a little embarrassed by, but we all need to read one of them once in a while!