Monday, December 17, 2012

Summer Reads

So. This is awkward. It's like you've called and left a few messages and I haven't called back. You're not sure if I'm mad or just flaky. Well, the answer is flaky. I've been updating my personal blog regularly ( but my book blog has taken a major back seat this year. I'm still reading - in fact I'm now in 2 book clubs! - but A. Many of the books have been sub-par and B. I can't seem to muster the energy to write about them right after reading. Which means that unless I loved the book, I remember almost nothing about the books I read this summer. So without further ado, I give you a list of books I've read over the last 6 months or so with only a star rating of 1-5 stars.

Through Rushing Water - Historical fiction and my hazy memory gives it 3.5 stars

Spring for Susannah - More historical fiction (it was a bit of a phase) and this one was 2.5 stars

Caleb's Crossing - Fellow book-clubers found this one hard to read. It's sort of old timey-English but I give it 3.5 stars for the strong female heroine and fascinating insight into this period of history.

We The Animals - 1 star. I strongly disliked the self-conscious style - it read like a short story from a budding writer who was trying too hard.

Sweetness in the Belly - 4 stars. This was an interesting look at Ethiopia in the 80's but could also be relentless at times.

Juliet - 4.5 stars. This was romantic and interesting and a good read about Romeo and Juliet old times and present day.

Family Fang - 4.5 stars. Witty and interesting.

Seating Assignments - 2.5 stars. Meh. I felt about this like I did Emperor's Children - the plot didn't go very far and I disliked all the young, apathetic characters immensely.

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