Happy Valentine’s Day!
No reader recipe poll this week, since we’re headed to Florida on Thursday morning. But please leave a comment with some reader recipe poll requests! I’d love some fresh ideas!
I’ve gotten through a good number of books so far this month, with the promise of lots more thanks to our upcoming Florida vacation. Therefore, I thought it would be good to do this month’s books in two parts.
So far this month I’ve read:
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Grade: A. A fun classic, but easier to read than some of the heavier-language classics. It was entertaining and light but really well written. Felt way more modern than 1900.
- Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Grade: B-. I loved loved loved McEwan’s Enduring Love in January, but this one fell short for me. Characters are well-developed but the whole storyline just didn’t hook me in, and I found the ending disappointing and dark.
- The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Grade: B. A decent book with an plot that kept me reading. Not the deepest book and a little corny at times, but I wanted to know what was going to happen.
- Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott
Grade: B+. This was my first time reading fiction of Lamott’s (I love her nonfiction). Great book, great characters, if a somewhat sad take on the typical American family life. I was annoyed by the obvious pro-choice agenda that was pushed rather overtly.
- Peony in Love by Lisa See
Grade: A. I haven’t met a Lisa See book I haven’t loved. She writes so well and I feel like I learn about Chinese culture while I’m being entertained. Loved this and read it really fast.
- Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Grade: A. Wendy recommended this book to me when I posted my January reads and I’m so glad she did! Crazy good. My only beef with the book: it really bothers me when adultery is played off as no big deal. Still, it’s unbelievable this is the author’s first book. Dang.
- Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (audiobook)
Grade: A. Did you read this book as a kid? Dave and I both did and had a total blast re-listening to it on audio! So fun! And a great way to kill 4 hours going two and from the Chicago airport.
Here’s the stack of books I picked up on Sunday to take to Florida. But you’ll have to wait til the end of the month to see the other side of them!