Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What I've Been Reading Lately

Checking in with some good reads I've read lately...or a couple months ago...I'm not behind or anything...

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

The second book of the Gamache series and I quite enjoyed it. The plot itself was pretty quirky and bordered on highly unbelievable, but there is just something I find really comforting about this series. I know, I'm weird that I find detective fiction comforting, but there is something about recurring characters, a cozy village, and an intelligent man of integrity solving mysteries that just makes me feel like I'm sitting by a warm fire under a soft blanket.

The Last September by Nina de Garmont

This novel is the tale of a marriage told by a wife after her husband has been found dead. It reads like a physiological thriller in a lot of ways, and the writing is quite good. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it more if the characters themselves were more likeable or not, but it was definitely a better book than Gone Girl which is sorta in the same bent. If you like books that provide that secret window into a marriage then you'd probably enjoy this one.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

For a really well reviewed, and what seems to be a very well-liked recent novel, this just didn't hit the mark for me. I love food books, food novels, foodie lit, and since this novel is about the life of an up and coming female chef named Eva and the lives of those around her I thought it would be right up my alley as a sure fire hit. But each chapter is about a different character in her life and for some reason although each chapter was original, I felt like it didn't actually move the story of Eva herself along enough. I wanted more plot, less character sketches. But it wasn't terrible!

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

I think I've talked about this book before, but if you missed me talking about it: I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. A memoir of Doerr's life in Rome for a year with his young family, including twin baby boys, this book is probably one of the best books about Rome, parenthood, and writing that I've ever read. Doerr has a beautiful honesty, yet a complete talent for writing incredible sentences. It's short, but poignant. I also liked seeing his view of St. John Paul II's funeral, a neat perspective.

The Lake House by Kate Morton

If you've ever read a book by Kate Morton, let alone two books by Kate Morton, you know she has a formula. Now, it's obviously a really successful formula - jumping back and forth in time from a few characters perspectives, a family mystery being involved, neatly wrapped up ending. Now, I criticize this, but I also have to say I usually enjoy reading her. This book I think I liked almost as much as The Secret Keeper which I think is her best work. I think where Morton has the most talent is when she writes characters who are older. I feel she just has a great knack for bringing the older person's viewpoint into vivid life. She does that again here in this novel which is probably what I enjoyed the most about it.

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  1. These all look great, but my big question is.... how do you even find time to read them? LOL! Seriously, I have 8 kids, homeschool them, feed them 3 meals a day, try my best to keep the house from falling apart, and love on and tend to my hubby's needs too. Can you just read them and do a book report for me? ;) ...that way I can feel like I "kinda" read them.

  2. Just started Four Seasons a few days ago and really like it so far! I enjoy his writing style. And I liked The Lake House better than The Secret Keeper, though I think mostly b/c as I was reading TSK I kept feeling like it was leading into psychological thriller territory...but I admit the back and forth (esp. in TLH) wasn't my favorite and it was just wanting to know what happened that kept me reading at the beginning. :)

  3. I liked The Secret Keeper. I may have to check out The Lake House. Thanks for the tips!

  4. I'm a fan of Louise Penny and I think the only way to describe her books is "literary chiarascuro" -- an interesting interplay of light and darkness that only can be found in the human psyche.

  5. Oh I'm a Louise Penny fan :-) and I must now read The Lake House, it's been awhile since I've read Kate Morton

  6. Oh I love when you write these posts! Four Seasons in Rome is on my list, I may have to start it soon. Thanks so much for linking up too!

  7. I really want that foodie book to be awesome solely because the cover is so lovely! Because yes, I totally judge books by their covers...

  8. Really nice books. Book writing is not a simple task. It needs more creativity and thinking. I think, this article will be interesting for students firstly. Great post to read and really looking good.

  9. I have heard awesome things about Four Seasons In Rome and am excited to read it soon!! I loved Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See, so it would be great to see what was going on in his life while he was writing that book!

    (found you through MMD's QuickLit linkup)


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