The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder’s Sister is not the best book about witchhunts but it’s not the worst, either. The only real problem with the book is that I didn’t really care about Alice very much so I wasn’t invested in her life. I have no idea why I didn’t connect with her but I didn’t.

A House for Happy Mothers

I have a love/hate with A House for Happy Mothers — I didn’t like most of the characters, which made it hard to enjoy the book. I liked the subject (outsourcing surrogacy to India) and thought the story covered a lot of ground rather than just skimming over the top of sensitive and difficult topics. And, you’ll never believe it, I liked the ending.

A School for Unusual Girls

TW said I should read A School for Unusual Girls because it was like a YA Pink Carnation book. She’s right, it is like that. It’s also like a non-steampunk Gail Carriger Finishing School book.

Obviously I enjoyed it.

Totally fun and the next book in the series is waiting for us at the library.

My (not so) Storybook Life

The title caught my eye and while I didn’t hate My (not so) Storybook Life, I didn’t love it either. TW quit the book before she’d made it through four chapters. I thought about quitting it but stuck with it and enjoyed it more towards the ends.

The “Friendship and Faith” part of the title escaped me, so I struggled with that aspect of the book. I’m not opposed to memoirs that explore the author’s relationship with religion or God, but this one just wasn’t interesting to me.

I did find the re-written literature sections at the beginning of each chapter to be fun (TW did not like them one bit.)

The Mountain of Kept Memory

TW told me to read The Mountain of Kept Memory, so I did. Or I started to. It was really slow and I was having a hard time sticking with it and then… the book disappeared. I have no idea where it went. So, I read another book while I wandered around the house looking for it. Right about the time I was finishing The Two Family House, this book re-appeared on the library cart. NO idea what happened. The Keiba probably messed with it.

Anyway. This book… I slogged my way through it and it wasn’t until about 300 pages in that I decided it was pretty good. I still had to slog through it (SO MANY EXTRA WORDS! How many times must one Princess say the same damn thing in one damn paragraph? Really?) There’s still another evil guy to deal with and her brother’s ummm transition (not that kind of transition) to deal with so maybe a sequel? If so, I’m not sure I’ll read it. So much slogging. Maybe I could just read a thorough spoilery review instead.

The Two-Family House

I probably would have liked The Two-Family House a little more if I hadn’t figured out the entire story from the 2 page prologue.

Having said that, I did like the ending. It wasn’t all a complete happily ever after, which would have been really screwed up considering the entire storyline.

The Chosen Maiden

Turns out I really liked The Chosen Maiden even though I almost quit it twice. In fact, I meant to quit it and return it on the way to Orlando because it was going to come due while we were gone, and it couldn’t be renewed. But, I forgot to put it in the library bag and didn’t realize it until I was dumping the books into the return bin.

Since I forgot to return it, and it was already late, I thought I should try again to finish it… and that’s when I got hooked. I have no idea why it took more than 100 pages for me to really get into the story, but it did. I stayed up way too late one night reading it and had only about 50 pages left when I realized how late it was and finally put it down. (And now, I kind of want to go to the ballet.)

Tuesday Night Miracles

Awhile back, TW asked me to name some books about women’s journeys — where they go on a trip and find themselves or learn some lesson or bond with other women and I immediately said Kris Radish has written a lot of those books, hasn’t she? Which led me to see if she’s written any books we haven’t read (since we haven’t read any of her books in years, I figured it was likely) and whether any of her books were available in large print for TW’s mom because I wasn’t sure she’d read them…

Which is how Tuesday Night Miracles made it onto our shelf.

Typical Radish — women facing huge issues come together and get their lives together, mostly. It was a nice book to read in between some of the longer or more complex things on my shelf.

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about The Second Mrs. Hockaday since it was told through diary entries/letters AND it was set in a somewhat fictional South Carolina.

(When the author talks about Traveler’s Joy, I think Traveler’s Rest… when the author uses some real city names but not all real city names, there’s a confusion in my head that almost ruined the story for me. What was the point of the not real places? I don’t get that… I never understand why writers do this… whatever…)

Turns out I really liked it. The diary entries helped with a feeling of suspense, (though I was pretty sure I knew what happened from the first 20 pages, I didn’t know the details), and the writing was wonderful.

Lucky Boy

Ugh.

Lucky Boy, so depressing. SO depressing. Well written, good characters — so depressing.

Young woman, illegal immigrant gives birth to a baby — loves her baby, is doing a great job with him — gets picked up by police and then thrown into a detention center. She’s abused, she’s raped, she’s moved to another detention center, rinse and repeat. All she wants to do is get out and get her baby back.

Indian American couple in Berkley want a baby, can’t make/carry/deliver a baby and so… they foster. (Gah.)

Everyone loves the baby. Everyone wants what is best for him.

Painful story. Very painful.