Bienvenido, Fellow Readers, to Week 5 of the happy place that is known as Summer Reading. The time when we can look at that dusty copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses sitting at eye-level on our bookshelf, staring at us, trying to guilt us into cracking its spine and finally making it past page 22–the farthest we have ever gotten before hurling it to the ground and stomping on it; a pox on you, Modern Library, for ranking it number one on your list of 100 best novels!…yes, that time when we can look at Ulysses sitting on our bookshelf and shamelessly reach right past it to grab our copy of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews and re-read it for the 11th time–and not feel like a philistine.
Well, Gogol has been on his best behavior this week, and we are pleased to announce that he has pinned the tail on the donkey, and the randomly-selected donkey this week is braerog90‘s review of the novel The House at Riverton by Kate Morton:
I read something about this book online and thought right away I will read this book. It was great and more than great. Grace Bradley worked as a servant when she was just a young girl. At a society party at her house Grace was a witness to a poet who shot himself. When Grace is older a director is making a film about what happened that summer. This book is full of so much history and I love books like that. I am constantly looking for more. And a book with several pages Mizzreader give me ideas I like huge books filled with historic adventure
We, too, are a sucker for big historical novels, and two titles that immediately come to mind are The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace, both by Margaret Atwood. (We are such a fan of Ms. Atwood that when we rescued a kitten who’d been left in the garbage can outside the Main Branch library, we skipped the suggestion that we name her Libby—in honor of the library—and named her Woody as a tribute instead.*) Congrats, braerog90, for scoring a $10 gift card to Farmer Boys! (Huge shoutout to Jill, who took pity on us when we were trolling for donations because she thought our Southern accent was adorable.) Muchas gracias to Team Farmer Boys for your support of Summer Reading!
Fellow Readers, if you have any historical novel recommendations for braerog90 or us–or if you have a persuasive argument for why we should finally just read Ulysses already, feel free to post them in the comments section.
Here are a few reviews that jumped out at us this week:
Strength Training for Beginners by Joan Bassey and Susie Dinan
Reviewed by butterfly2:
Strength Training for Beginners is written for women to strengthen bone and muscle. The pictures assist in making sure you do the technique correctly. The exercises are simple enough to do. I wish the book came with time and motivation as well–things I lack.
We could not agree more. While we do understand the importance of physical fitness, this picture sums up Mizz Reader’s attitude:
How to Make a Friend by Rozanne Williams
Reviewed by 2beornot2be:
Too simple, way too overdone. If you’re going to go with a phrase for kids to truly understand about friendship it should be, “Make new friends and keep the other. One is silver and the other is gold.” Now that’s a phrase to take into adulthood. Treasure your friends. That’s all I have to say.
Again—we could not agree more.
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
Reviewed by met427:
I am soooo hooked on Ted Dekker! He is a Christian author that writes thrillers! The Bride Collector is a thriller about a police detective trying to catch a serial killer. He enlists the help of some patients in the Center for Wellness and Intelligence — which is a fancy name for a place for highly intelligent people that are psychotic — anywhere from schizophrenia to illusions of grandeur. How does he come up with this stuff!?!? I didn’t want to put the book down! It’s a must read! I’ve read some reviews of people who want a mystery/thriller without a lot of romantic stuff — then Ted Dekker is the author for you! So far, all the books I’ve read from him have chemistry between characters without all the “extra” romancy stuff.
We <3 you, met 427. We are not against romancy stuff in general. We just don’t want to find it in our mystery/thriller/detective novels.
Until next week—Happy Reading!
*For your viewing pleasure, pictures of little Woody: