Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Good Morning, Friends! We just got home from camping and I averaged a book every two days. That's a good trip. These are the ones I took with me, plus another I'm half done.
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani - 9 - Set in Italy and then in America, it follows the story of one couple who emigrate because they have to, and how they find the better life. The description of Italy makes me want to get on a plane (and a time machine). Nicely written, and great characters.
Decider by Dick Francis - 9 - Always love his books.
The Innocent by David Baldacci - 8.5 - Just picked this one off the shelf and was pleased with it. Lots of shooting and death, but the good guy figures it out and wins in the end.
Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin - 8.5 - A Texas Ranger love story isn't what I'd normally pick up, but I really like the others I've read by him, so figured it was a safe bet. I enjoyed it.
Also read in the last months and worth a mention:
The Secret Place by Tana French - 9.5
Faithful Place by Tana French - 8
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - 9.5
Landlines by Rainbow Rowell - 8
The Unexpected Pilgrimage of Walter Fry by Rachel Joyce - 7 - A sometimes funny story of an older man almost stuck too far in life's rut to make any changes, who ends up on a journey walking from one end of England to the other.
Home Front by Kristen Hannah - 8 - Full of marriage issues, woman soldier issues, and dealing with injuries, it stays believable. A decent read.
The Accident by Chris Pavone - 8 - I expected a little more because I really enjoyed the Expats, but this was still good.
419 by Will Ferguson - 6 - Have you ever got a Nigerian scam email? This book is a story of a Canadian family who is deeply affected by one, and their search for the root of it. It's also the story of the Nigerians who do this for a living. Some parts I enjoyed, like the part set in the Nigerian village before it was all spoiled by the Oil companies. Mostly it was just sad.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - 9 - I quite enjoyed this tale of a girl growing up in Brooklyn in the mid 1900's. Loved her character and the way she details the setting.
We are off to the library today to get some more. :)