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Well hey! It’s the first of the new month, so I thought I would share what I read in the end of January and February. If you’re not a reader, this week I’ll be sharing a great breakfast recipe and talking about being scared of my own kids. So stay tuned!
Sadly, I start this list with two books I didn’t love. (Although they weren’t so bad I stopped reading them. Which I am totally in favor of, like Anne!)
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen: Oh, I so wanted this to be the next The Paris Wife. I thought the premise had potential. It’s based on the real-life relationship between Edgar Allen Poe and the poet Frances Osgood in 1845 New York City. But it reads more like a romance novel than literary, historical fiction. The author seems intent on showing off her knowledge of the literary figures of the time. It wasn’t badly written, but I just didn’t love it at all.
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira: Rewind a few years from Mrs. Poe and we’re in pre-Civil-war Albany, New York, home of Mary Sutter, a midwife. Mary is a serious young woman whose wishes to become a surgeon have been dismissed on every side. She sees the war as an opportunity to get what she wants – and get away from her twin sister. This is a very interesting tale, but I would have liked to read more about the midwifery; and honestly, I don’t have the stomach to read about amputations and yucky war stuff. If you are a Civil War buff, I do think you would enjoy this one – it’s just not my thing.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine: Crystal was so kind to send me her book after I mentioned on Twitter how excited I was to get my hands on it! I thoroughly enjoyed the practical advice and have been trying to implement some of the goals set forth in the book. (When I’m not dealing with a child with the flu, I think I can edge my way out of survival mode! Maybe!)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: This books deals much less with the political and social climates of Aghanistan and more with a personal story – how one decisive act influences a whole cast of characters through many years. Reading Hosseini’s prose is a treat; at times, I could even forget I was reading and just lived in the story. I found some parts more enchanting than others, but altogether a wonderful read.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: And now for something completely different … we have this book that seems to be on everyone’s list of books to read right now. Don is a socially inept genetics professor with a schedule made to maximize every moment, calorie, and movement in his life. Rosie is a wild, smoking “barmaid” with daddy issues – as in, she doesn’t know who hers is. Together, they begin the project of finding Rosie’s father … shaking up Don’s life to the core. This is a pretty funny book, greatly enjoyable to read. I always love something a little quirky and different! (And it’s only $1.99 for Kindle right now, so snatch it up and read it!)
That’s it for now! What have you been reading lately? Or have any comments on any of these books?