Books of the Month: December

The final installment of Books of the Month 2017! It ended on a great note. For 2018, I’ll just be updating my goodreads account so you can see what I’m reading on there!

  • All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg, fiction

This was one of my least favorite books I’ve read in a while, but at least it was quick. It is told from the perspective of Andrea, a 40-year-old single woman living in New York City. Each chapter is a vignette from a different part of her life. I didn’t connect with her and I didn’t enjoy very many of the chapters.

  • Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett, children’s fiction

We started reading this book in our faculty book club at school. We weren’t going to finish it before Christmas break, so I checked it out from the school library and took it home to finish. I loved it. Frances Hodgson Burnett is the author of a few fabulous children’s classics, and I love her work but hadn’t heard of this one before. Little Cedric is a delightful character and I laughed out loud several times at his interactions with the old earl.

  • Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie, mystery

I was trying to read this before I saw the movie, but I just got it from the library. I’m actually thankful I saw the movie first, because I think I would have had a difficult time keeping track of who was who without having seen the movie. It’s a fascinating little story, and I enjoyed it this time around as well. This is my second Agatha Christie novel, and I’ve decided that I’m much more a fan of the modern style of mystery thriller than the classic mystery like this.

  • Luck, Love, & Lemon Pie, Amy E. Reichert, fiction

I was really excited to read this because I liked The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by the same author. It was fine. MJ, the main character, was likable, if frustrating at times. MJ feels like she is losing her husband, so she takes up his hobby of poker to try to rekindle a connection with him. It ends up taking over her life. I reallyliked the first book, and this one did not live up to my high expectations.

  • The Good Daughter, Karin Slaughter, thriller

This was very dark and graphic, and kind of scared the crap out of me. It kept me riveted the whole time, but I found myself cringing while reading probably 50% of the time. It’s a story about two tragedies that occur in the same town a few decades apart, and both are connected to the same family. I loved the character development and the slow unraveling of what really happened in each one of the tragedies. There are some disturbing violent scenes, so I would not recommend it for anyone who would be troubled by that. I probably will not read another book by this author due to the graphic content, but she is a fantastic storyteller.

  • A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett, children’s fiction

I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a while and decided to read it after finishing Little Lord Fauntleroy. It was delightful. I loved Sara’s little fairy tale, and she reminded me strongly of Anne Shirley, my favorite book character of all time.

Reading Challenge Progress: 81/75 books completed.

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