Another year, another attempt at reading 25 books! I’m determined to bounce back after a less than stellar reading year in 2014. I’m off to a better start this year than I was this time last year, so here’s hoping I can get ‘er done this time around. I’ve got a to-read list, but can always use more suggestions, so feel free to send them my way. Here’s what I’ve read, with a 1 to 5 star rating, and a little something about each book.
1. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry (4 stars)
My daughter recommended this one, she was assigned it to read in her 6th grade class. It’s a really sweet story about two friends living in Copenhagen during WWII. I loved it, made me feel even better about my Danish heritage.
2. The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival – Carine McCandless (2 stars)
Meh. I really loved Into the Wild, and looked forward to finding out more about the story in this book, written by Chris McCandless’s younger sister Carine. Carine’s main objective with this book seems to be to convince the world what horrible people her parents are (and they do seem to be pretty awful), and also to talk about herself, a lot. It did not provide inside look at the Chris McCandless story that I’d hoped for.
3. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
SO GOOD. This is a suspenseful page turner with absolutely no likable characters. You know its a winner when you still can’t stop reading even though you can’t root for anybody.
4. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy (3 stars)
Set in one of my favorite time periods, 1940s Los Angeles. You’d never know it was published in 1987, it feels like classic Ross MacDonald type noir, but more gritty and graphic. A little too graphic for my taste, to be honest, but a good read.
5. Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood (5 stars)
She never disappoints. Stone Mattress is a collection of short stories, each one a page turner. The first three stories are connected, the rest are standalone. They’re all at least a little creepy.
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