Sunday, January 22, 2012
True Grit by Charles Portis: Very good, just as you'd expect. A nice change of pace from all the girly books I read! My library has none of his other books, but I'd like to give one a try.
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout: The story itself is nothing new, but the book is packed with emotions. Worth reading.
Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever: I read some cynical books about Christmas this year! This is a series of essays about the trappings of Christmas--outdoor lights, Black Friday, etc. Interesting in parts, but uneven.
Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers: Chick lit with a cute cover! Enjoyed it well enough, though.
Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord: One of those small books with a big message. It was okay. It didn't change my life, but I wasn't left gagging! :)
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy: I found this book while searching for books similar to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Aside from being set on Guernsey, they aren't that alike, but I really liked this book. I'm surprised it isn't better known. Definitely recommend it!
There But For The by Ali Smith: This was on a "Best of 2011" list somewhere, so I gave it a try. Wasn't quite my thing.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly: I'm a bit embarrassed about this one, but I kind of loved it. It's completely improbable, but who cares? And it's the first in a trilogy, so I get to read more! Whee!
Pretty Ugly by Karyn Langhorne Folan: I had a young library patron ask about this series, so I tried one. I tried, really I did, but I couldn't get through it. There are so many better YA books out there.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: Aw, poor Jeffrey Eugenides. He isn't going to get top billing in my post. That's okay--he's had enough hoopla. I liked the book, but it was a little pretentious for my tastes.
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman: This was a pleasant surprise! It gets absolutely NO attention at the library, but I am going to try to put it in more hands. It's funny and touching, and I think it's going to explode once it's made into a movie. (I feel like I'm really twisting the knife on Mr. Eugenides now, sandwiching him between two books I liked better than his!)