Biblio-files for August 2013
I blame summer on the amount of fluffy books (2) in this months stack. Hot summer days just beg for it, you know I’m right! I also want again to mention that if it were not for my buying books from places like library book sales and goodwill, that I would never have bought books on the wine industry and letters from the end of WWII. It’s my own method of forcing myself to try new genres and it works! I don’t include links to books as these days we all obtain our books in various methods, be it used, the local book seller, amazon or digitally…but as with anything, getting your hands on one of these titles is only a google search away. Oh and if you live near me, you can have these, just ask 😉
1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I don’t think I’ve ever read an entire book of letters before. I can’t say that I love the format, it of course left much to the unknown as you are relying completely on what was divulged from one person to another and sometimes never even got the reply, but it was a wonderful book. From the perspective of the English at the end of WWII and honesty, in all of the books I’ve read form that time frame, I don’t think I’ve ever read that perspective. Does touch on the concentration camps in some detail, so not as light and fluffy as the title may lead. It may not have convinced me to read another book of letters, but I enjoyed reading it.
2. Dangerous Admissions by Jane O’Conner. I just realized that Jane O’Conner is the author of all of the Fancy Nancy books. Interesting and explains how well she wrote from both a parents and child’s perspective. A definite beach-y read. There is a murder mystery plot which made me unable to put it down the second night and I kept me up super late finishing it so I knew what happened (this is why I do not normally ready mysteries).
3. A Very Good Year by Mike Weiss. This one had so much more of a journalistic approach than I realized, and I felt it was a bit slow in places. However as I had read a book about the flower industry the month before, it was interesting to be reading about wine this month. As I own a business, I read a lot of dry books about business so as much as I prefer a riveting story at night, I still really got into it.
4. The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner. I finished this within the last few weeks and cannot for the life of me remember this book. Most of the other in the stack, I can still vividly remember specific bits…and drawing a blank with this one. Total chick lit. Short stories, all engaging but not memorable, perfect for the beach, pool or plane. I’m pretty sure I read this after the letters book as after reading heavy subject matter, I often crave fluffy.
5. The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro. Notaro is one of my top fav authors of all time, I have been saving this book as I look so forward to reading her work. Did not let me down, I laughed the entire time, except for the touching story of her dog and then I was actually sobbing like a baby and clinging to Faye. If you like David Sedaris, read her books…and start with her first book as she writes about her life so it makes sense to read them in order.
What have you read this month?