Books from this summer

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Manipulative and sappy.

The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle

Well-written but I had to force myself to finish this, because of the subject, I guess. It’s about Alfred Kinsey, the sex researcher. I think the book is ultimately pretty moral, but it was still difficult to read.

Out of the Blue by Sally Mandel

I think this is classified as a romance, and apparently it didn’t do very well. But maybe that’s because it has more substance than your typical romance—the main character has MS, and her struggles are eye-opening and touching. I enjoyed the story very much.

The Southwest Corner by Mildred Walker

I don’t even know where we got this little book published by some university press. It’s about an elderly lady who decides that she can’t live in her huge house alone anymore during Vermont winters and how she remedies the situation. I liked it.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I read this a long time ago, but it was good the second time, too.

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid by Lemony Snicket

This was so mediocre that I didn’t finish it. Just an attempt at money-making, I guess.

The Parker Grey Show by Kristen Buckley

This didn’t have a lot to it and was kind of like watching a movie, but I enjoyed it immensely for some reason.

Confessions of a Slacker Mom and Confessions of a Slacker Wife by Muffy Mead-Ferro

Both of these are funny, quick reads. I especially enjoyed Slacker Mom and agreed with almost everything in it. The author came to our book club, and that was cool but also somehow disappointing. She didn’t seem to really believe the ideas that she’d written about, or something like that. But anyway, the books are both enjoyable.


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