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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 picked up The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. because it was a sponsor of a Book Riot podcast and it sounded interesting. When they were talking about it they kept saying D.O.D.O. as if it was an acronym but in reality the audio book says dodo, like the bird. So you say it as the word not the letters. Not that it matters..
If you don’t already know, I love the Discovery of Witches, All Souls Trilogy and this had some of those buzz words. Witches. Magic. Time travel. I was down. Am still down. I picked this book with my first month’s Audible credit and it’s going very well! It’s a 24 hours 29 mins audiobook. If you’re not an audiobook lover you may not know, most adult fiction books are on average only 10-12 hours. So this one was a doozy.
I’m going to go on a tangent here but it’s going to make sense. You know those action movies that have multiple bad guys? This is like that. There are multiple story lines. The story it begins with goes off into another story, which continues into another story. At the end it’s basically an unrecognizable story about a character you weren’t even introduced to until page 300 something. I’m making it sound bad, but it’s not. I found it interesting the whole way through. I skim, so it’s good that I listened to most of it because there are some parts where I was like, what on Earth is going on. Lots of scientific terms and what not. It is open for a sequel, although with a book that long you shouldn’t need one (753 pages).
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about a topic or subject you already love (history, witches, magic – take your pick!)
I’m a bad librarian and have not read this book, but will before next year!
I’ve never read a Julia Glass book. I know she’s very popular and her characters from Three Junes (a National Book Award winner in 2002) continue in some of her other books. A House Among the Trees does not contain any of those characters. It’s a stand alone.
“When the revered children’s author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Though not quite his daughter or his wife, Tommy was nearly everything to the increasingly reclusive Lear, whom she knew for over forty years since meeting him as a child in a city playground where Lear was making sketches for Colorquake, a book that would become an instant classic.”
I don’t know why I picked this up or for that matter why I kept going. I can’t say it was good or bad, it was just a book. Nothing super shocking. Just a slow rolling book with multiple POVs. Easily skipped.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : an audiobook