October Reads

Knee replacement surgery forced me into staying closer to home and I found some good reads from friends. Somebody’s daughter is well writter and an interesting read. Loved Walked In was once of those books I did like but it was very wordy and characters were conveniently killed or separated to give a fairy tale type ending. Still it helped keep the pain at bay. Hex and the Once and Future Witches were good reads. My favorite fantasy was the House on the Cerulean Sea. It had a good message but was also an excellent read.


Books on the Shelf

Perfect book to lose yourself in while recovering from knee replacement surgery. The only drawback was that the title and throughout the story the drought and what it was doing to farmers was an important part of this book. And the ending certainly pertains to these conditions. But the dry conditions are kept hidden throughout most of the book. Still a good read.


What I Actually Read in February

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year. Imagine if there is a place you visit between living and death. In this case it is a library and the main character has a chance to replay regrets and decide where she wants to stay. Fantasy at it’s best.
The Last Flight is a psychological thriller. Two women, both abused by men, decide to leave their lives behind. The author tells their story jumping back and forth between the two characters. A bittersweet and unexpected ending.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vignes twin sisters grew up in a small, black community in Louisiana. At the age of sixteen they run away in search of a different life. Many years later one sister returns to that small town she grew up in with her daughter. The other secretly passes as white, living with her white husband and daughter who knows nothing of her past. Brit Bennett weaves together several strands and generations of family while exploring the history of passing in America. There were several subjects that come up in the book that I felt could have been discussed more fully, which makes this an excellent choice for book club.

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