It’s been quite a while since I wrote about what I’ve been reading, and here’s why: Not all my reading choices have hit the mark lately, and I’ve abandoned as many books as I’ve started. Ain’t nobody got time to read a bad book. (Okay… “bad” isn’t fair. Not right for me right now.)
- Eleanor & Park (audiobook) – I know so many people love this book, but it just drove me crazy. I thought the Eleanor character was interesting, but I didn’t buy Park being as insecure as he was portrayed in this story. Call me a curmudgeon, but the pure teenager-y nonsense of this book just bugged me.
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (audiobook) – I love mysteries but this one just wasn’t for me. I have to blame the audiobook narrator as much as the story… super annoying, grating voice.
- Pastrix – recommended to me by so many people, but I don’t have a painful church experience in my past, and I’m probably more like the straight-laced “church lady” than the tattooed folks that the author calls “her people.” It sounds like she’s doing an awesome thing, though, don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t speak to me.
Here are the books that I DID finish in the past month or so.
Parnassus on Wheels (audiobook) – a short, sweet book about a traveling bookseller that almost every booklover will enjoy.
The Mapping of Love and Death (audiobook) – Quite possibly my favorite Maisie Dobbs mystery since the original! The past few books in the series have been good, but I really liked the mystery part of this one, and the story arc of Maisie’s personal life is finally taking a positive turn.
Little House in the Big Woods – I loved the Little House books as a kid, and now I live 15 minutes away from the farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as an adult and wrote the books. I thought this would be a great place to start for read-aloud chapter books with my almost-5-year-old, but I was a little worried it might be too girly. Boy was I wrong! Wild animals, horses, hunting, and maple-syrup-making are very exciting to little boys. And I’d forgotten how each chapter is almost its own little stand-alone short story, perfect for reading over several days.
What books have you abandoned lately?
In other news, I’m now on Goodreads (mostly to help me keep track of what I’m reading) — are you? Let’s be friends. =)