Tuesday, September 1, 2009
September has arrived - time for back-to-school, the end of the farmer's market (sob!), and a look back at what I've been reading over the past month.
Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe - fun mystery about a handwriting analyst called to solve a mystery involving a private school headmistress. Very entertaining. Rated 8/10. (My review of Written in Blood)
American Eve by Paula Uruburu - true story about Evelyn Nesbit, the first young girl to capture the imagination of America, and the crime that brought her worldwide attention. Fascinating, tragic story. Rated 7/10. (My thoughts about American Eve)
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon - weird but completely engrossing story about a young woman's book club who brings to life the books it reads. Review book for Bookloons.com, this is one of the strangest books I've read in a long time, but I couldn't put it down. Rated 8/10. (My review of The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal)
The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian fiction about a refreshingly NOT perfect group of believers, and the troubled woman who enters their midst, looking for a fresh start for herself and her daughter. I will be looking for more by this author. Rated 8/10. (My review of The Hope of Refuge)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows -
this novel about a writer in post-WWII London and the literary society she befriends is SO GOOD!!! I loved it. Rated 9/10. (My review of The Guernsey Literary...)
Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy - I was really not at all engaged by this family saga that was a choice for the Take a Change challenge. Rated 5/10. (My review of Liars and Saints)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White - I thought I would enjoy this memoir of a man's year in a prison that was also a leper colony, but found myself much more interested in the people around him than in White himself. Rated 6/10 (review forthcoming)
The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing - dense, internal novel about a woman's journey of self-reflection and discovery over the course of one summer. Interesting, but not a light read. Rated 7/10. (My review of The Summer Before the Dark)
Top O' the Mournin' by Maddy Hunter - fun mystery involving a midwestern girl acting as tour escort for her grandma's senior citizens tour group. In this installment, murder and mayhem in Ireland. Rated 7/10.