Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quick Lit - February 2015

It's time for another Quick Lit post, even if I am a little late to the linkup.  I was able to read a bit more this month due to supplying myself with more books I actually want to read and going on vacation.  A little road reading, if you will.

Since we met last, I have read:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  (interlibrary loan, hardback) I wanted to see what the fuss was all about, and I did, indeed, find out.  I've never read a book quite like this, and though I was disturbed by a couple of choice scenes, I found this book enjoyable for its fine characters, plot, romance, and history.  (This was my copy's cover.)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. (hardback, interlibrary loan)  Wow, does this author ever know how to weave a story.  I could not put this down.  I knew the risks to not putting it down, but the story was so driving, I just kept on going.  However, I couldn't stand the characters for the first 50 pages.  I thought: this is vapid!  Why are people giving this such high reviews?  I stuck with it for all the high marks I'd seen, and it paid off.  

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederickson. (hardback, library) Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy (where this linkup is hosted) has mentioned this series several times on her blog, and the idea of mothers and daughters reading treasured novels together warmed my heart so much I had to get the first two books.  Easy, fun read, though the fat jokes seemed gratuitous.

Much Ado About Anne (The Mother-Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederickson. (paperback, library)  I couldn't just grab one MDBC book, especially since #2 revolves around my beloved Anne of Green Gables.  I liked it for its theme.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (hardback, library) I was so excited to read another Rowell selection after my beloved Eleanor and Park.  I really enjoyed reading about Cath and her first year at college.  She was a well-developed character with a talent I loved reading about (writing).  I know nothing about fanfiction; so, this was a nice introduction to that world, despite that I found Cath's fanfic (and the Gemma T. Jones excerpts) distracting and a wee bit forced.  Engaging read, authentic heroine, nice capture of family drama.

These books were definitely on the lighter side of reading (save Outlander, whew!), and I am gearing up for some tougher book club reading.  My spiritual reading selection is slow-going.  Good but slow-going.  I'll share it when I'm done with it this time next year.  Ha!

Tell me what you've been reading.  Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit linkup!

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