The Wild Girls

We needed an audiobook so I wandered around the library shelves until Wild Girls jumped into my bag.

It was a really quick audiobook and really enjoyable to listen to. It also didn’t end badly, and it had the potential to end badly. I was really impressed that the author didn’t take the easy way to a happily ever after ending. I liked that a lot.

I also liked Joan & Sarah (Fox & Newt) and I liked every single one of the characters. All of them.

Fun read. Let’s all be wild girls!

The Road to Enchantment

I have a total love/hate with The Road to Enchantment. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the writing. What I did not enjoy was the language around the main characters decisions regarding her pregnancy. Then again, I have this same angst around a whole lot of books that feature characters who are CHOOSING whatever it is they ultimately end up choosing. Whatever.

My Name is Lucy Barton

TW hated My Name is Lucy Barton. She said it was like reading one long run on sentence, which makes no sense. There’s a lot of punctuation in the book. I get it though. It was an odd little book and pretty depressing, too. Poverty and abuse and poverty and, well, it was an odd little book.

I didn’t hate it. But, I didn’t love it, either.

Oh. Hahaha. It was long listed for a Mann Booker. That explains everything. Really.

The Mothers

The Mothers was so good. I mean really good. The characters were amazing – real and flawed, as they should be. And the story felt real every step of the way. I didn’t want it to end and I wanted to follow these characters for another five years to see what happens to them, next.

The Darkness Knows

It’s been awhile since I read a cozy so I really enjoyed The Darkness Knows. 1930s radio, in Chicago — yep, I enjoyed that. I’m not so sure how I feel about either main character and I’m really not sure how I felt about how quickly their relationship progressed. Four days? Really? Hmmmm. I’ll probably read the next one and see how I feel about it after that.

Precious and Grace

We still love to listen to the #1 Ladies Detective Agency on audio and I really enjoyed Precious and Grace. We spent more time with all of the different secondary characters in this book and those were some great moments.

I also found myself yelling out loud about the puff adder and about Violet. Gah! Gah! No! No!

The Road to Paradise

First, I have no idea who this author is or why some people were so disappointed with Road to Paradise. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t that bad (except the end. The end was annoying.) Some of the things people seem to be complaining about were things I found interesting. The religious discussions. I liked those.

I also enjoyed thinking about what a road trip in 1980 would be like for a couple (ok, three) teen girls. It was a fun reminder of how much life has changed. How the hell did we manage road trips back then? We did, clearly, but good grief — life is better now, lol. Paper maps are annoying. No ATM machines. No cell phones. Gah. Life is definitely better now.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

Since we spend a lot of time pondering “the ways of the country folk” I thought I needed to read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living and it was cute. Fun to read with just enough quirk to make me happy.

The Empress of Tempera

I picked up The Empress of Tempera solely for the title. I mean tempera… like I would pass that up.

Turns out it was a pretty good story. I liked Paire more than I thought I would and that ending. The kiln. Hah. I was pretty pleased with how it all turned out.

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!