The Mad Scientist’s Daughter

This is my month for feeling like I’ve read books that I haven’t read. Or having a book remind me strongly of another book I’ve read, even if I can’t remember exactly which book… The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is another one of those.

I was a little disappointed in this one, mostly because I really didn’t like any of the darn characters. I guess I liked Finn. But really, no. The characters were just all unlikable. The story was interesting and I enjoyed the writing — so it wasn’t a total wash. Not bad. Not great.

Reliance, Illinois

One night, I had finished my book but wasn’t ready to go to sleep, yet. And, I didn’t have any books or magazines upstairs that I hadn’t read. TW suggested I read the book she just finished, Reliance, Illinois. I didn’t really want to. It looked and sounded like a western. I don’t really do westerns. TW said it wasn’t. Not really. So I figured what the heck, I could read it for a half hour and if I didn’t like it, I’d just start a new book the next day.

I liked it. It wasn’t a western. There were suffragists!

The House at the Edge of Night

I really enjoyed The House at the Edge of Night. The storytelling element was my favorite. And also all of the female characters. The island, too. I loved the island. (But, all the way through it I felt like I’d read this story before. Or it reminded me strongly of another book. That kind of drove me nuts.)

Indelible

I can’t decide how I feel about Indelible a week (Or more??) after I finished it. I’m glad I read it but the very idea of reading people’s lives on their skin just freaked my out. And, I’m not sure how I felt about any of the characters. I didn’t love them, didn’t hate them, didn’t particularly care about any of them. It was a messy book but it has stuck with me.

Read it and come tell me what you think…

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe

I was worried about Georgia. Anyone who tries to write a novel about O’Keeffe is taking a big chance. Good thing she did. I found myself nodding my head thinking, “I hope it really happened that way.” and at other times sighing and saying, “I hope that’s not how it happened.” and at others just really enjoying the story.

Well done.

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why is it that all of my audiobook holds come in all at once? Grrrr. Anyway…

Holly Black, on audio, FTW!

I don’t think anyone writes faeries as well as Holly Black. Seriously. The Darkest Part of the Forest was as creepy as you’d expect and as good as you’d expect, from a Holly Black YA novel. Hazel might be my favorite of all of Black’s characters. OK maybe not but I liked her. Sir Hazel… awesome.

Orphan Train

I either love or hate books about the “orphan train” and it turned out I really enjoyed Orphan Train. I liked all of the characters — well most of the characters (I didn’t like Molly’s boyfriend.)

I particularly liked the project in the attic. I understand why Vivian wouldn’t want to let that stuff go — and I don’t think she should be expected to. (I wonder how many orphan train kids turned into adults who hung onto a lot of stuff throughout their lives…)

The Whole Town’s Talking

I generally like Fannie Flagg. I also liked the other Elmwood Heights books so I thought I’d be perfectly happy reading The Whole Town’s Talking. Turns out, not so much.

I hated the style of the book. I hated that we didn’t get more of the early settlers and their early lives and instead got… what we got. (No, I won’t spoil it for you in case you don’t take my advice and decide to read it.) I absolutely hated the ending (and the only reason I kept reading it was to see what happened to the folks up on the hill. Ugh.)

I also found the conservative messaging to be more than I could stomach — at the end it got to be a lot MUCH.

Don’t waste your time on this one.

Reading in January

This was a pretty good month for reading, particularly since I was sicker than I’ve been in ages, for the first couple of weeks of the month. And, I started a new job. And, I did a lot of stuff that didn’t involve lying around and reading.

10 books total. Not bad, not bad at all. Really not bad when I look at what I read. I read some good stuff!

2 audiobooks
3 non-fiction
1 middlegrade fiction
1 that might or might not have been YA. (I don’t think it was, but I’m noting it just because)

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew

I love Flavia but I’ll admit that the last book, A Chimney Sweep Comes to Dust, was not my favorite. So, I was a tiny bit worried that the series was going downhill… I needn’t have worried.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d was one of my favorite books of the series. Flavia is growing up… I like that. I did not like the ending, which I predicted during the first chapter of the book. Gah. WHAT NEXT????