Monthly Archives: November 2017
We’ve put out the lights and put up the tree. The holidays are here y’all! Coincidentally, someone in my Facebook book group asked about great books to read over winter and this would be a great one! I just finished it and it was full of holiday fun. (Side note, if you’re look for a series to binge definitely check out the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. Link to my review of the most recent book and links to other past 3 in the series are in that post as well.)
Seven Days of Us is about a family who is brought together for the Christmas season and quarantined. You cannot leave! For seven days! It sounds simple enough but being in close quarters makes people crazy. Each chapter is a different family member, which I enjoy. Multiple POVs always keep me moving right along when reading. At first it seems like a fluffy little book but there are some shocking moments in there too that I wasn’t expecting. I liked the characters a lot and definitely liked the way it ended and came together. Also, who doesn’t look a good British book?? I read it via Netgalley but it was released last month.
I finished La Belle Sauvage aka The Book of Dust. I have never read the Dark Materials series, of which this is a prequel. It was sort of slow at the beginning with the character building and occasionally a character would be introduced and it would seem like, had I read the other books, there would be a light bulb going on in my brain like “oh that’s who that is” but because I hadn’t, there was not. It might be better for those who know the foreshadowing. I liked the characters, Malcolm was endearing. Also, because I haven’t read Dark Materials or any other Philip Pullman I didn’t know what to expect. At times I was thinking, is this supposed to be current times? There are cars but no phones. Oh and people have demons. And then there were giants and magical fairies and all pretense was lost. Michael Sheen is the reader, and he does a great job at the exciting parts. Detour, did you know he’s with Sarah Silverman? And has a kid with Kate Beckinsale? I went on a serious black hole with all that information. I digress, although there are loudly narrated exciting parts at the same time there’s also a lot of nothing. I wasn’t completely enthralled and it took me awhile to finish. Read if you liked Dark Materials.
I skipped November’s Book of the Month because I’ve already read two of them, Uncommon Type and Bonfire (<- my review), and I have two of the others on my Kindle, Rules of Magic and Artemis. The only one I didn’t read or have was Future Home of the Living God. It sounded a bit too futuristic for my liking so I skipped. If you haven’t read Uncommon Type or Bonfire (both by actors – good God how does that happen?!) you should, because they were actually very good. Despite my feelings on actors being authors *rolls eyes*
This book is hilarious. Honestly, one of the funniest books ever. You may not think so unless you’re a librarian but I am and it’s hysterical. Annie Spence has written letters to books in her library, books she has read and books she has hated. I particularly loved her letter to the romance spinner. I laughed so hard I cried. She also has a letter to children’s librarians that I found particularly moving. A great stocking stuffer for your local librarian or avid book reader friend. Put in Kleenex too for their happy laughing tears.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book of letters
I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I kept seeing this gorgeous cover at bookstores so I was very pleased to pick it up at the library. Pri and her mother live in California. Pri finds a pashmina in a secret trunk in her house that when worn takes you to see you desire. When Pri wears it, it takes her to India. Pri wants to know more about her father, who she thinks is in India but her mother refuses to talk about him or why she came to America. By mysterious circumstances her aunt calls and requests Pri come to India, and her mother relents. This story is about learning about yourself and what you want and even learning answers to questions you may have wish you never asked.
Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. This is the second book about Sunny. The first is Sunny Side Up, where she is sent to her grandfather’s 55+ community for the summer. She’s not sure why she’s spending her summer there but she finds out that it’s because her brother Dale is acting out and he needs attention from her parents. In this second book Dale is sent away to what looks to be a military school. Sunny and her family have to change their dynamic now that one of the siblings is missing. These books are real life! I did just notice that on the Sunny Side Up cover she is in the same position as this cover but on a pool float and now she’s in a fall scene. Perhaps there will be winter and spring covers coming soon.
Jane by Aline McKenna is probably technically for young adults. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre through graphic novel and during current day rather than the 1800s. Now, I love Jane Eyre. I read The Flight of Gemma Hardy last year which is also (supposedly) a retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not enjoy it so I was a bit wary when picking this one up. However, this one was good! I loved the art, Jane in this book is an artist. I also liked the way they transferred the mother character. You can’t really claim insanity when locking someone up in an attic in 2017 so I think they did a good switch with that. I liked the relationship with Rochester. The only thing I didn’t like is the brother-in-law angle. It was a bit much. You’ll know what I mean if you read it.