Here’s a brief rundown on what I’ve read in the past week or so. One nice thing about a rather chilly, windy time at the beach and lots of cold rain is all the pages I can turn! (The books aren’t listed in the order I read them, but rather, from ho-hum to page-turner.)
Ruth’s First Christmas Tree – (Kindle) Barely a novella at 29 pages, but if you’re looking for a seasonal short story, it’s pleasant enough.
Good Night Sleep Tight Don’t Let the Stalkers Bite – (Kindle) The first in the second series by Teresa Watson, I really had a hard time getting into it. Luckily, Ms. Watson inserts a devoted dog character into her books, so for the Malamute named Duke’s sake, I kept plodding along until I discovered I wasn’t trying so much after all. It’s full of cliches, but if you like cozies, dogs and have ever known someone that trouble just seems to find, it’s worth the read.
A Murder Hatched – (Kindle) is actually the first TWO books in Donna Andrew’s Meg Langslow series. Meg’s parents still live in Yorktown, which isn’t too far from my Woods, and the first book is set in the little town. The cast of characters is pretty typical of small towns around these parts; that’s one reason I’ve come to appreciate cozy mysteries. They tend to be set in small towns and the main character has crazy friends/family and everyone minds everyone else’s business, just like here in podunk.
I’m looking forward to “seeing” more of Meg at work as a blacksmith. Of course, Meg’s mama is about as traditional of a southern lady as they come, so Meg manages to smith and still be maid of honor three times in one summer in the first book. If you enjoyed the characters in Steel Magnolias (or had thoughts about the people you know who might have inspired said characters), you’ll like this series. I might have already downloaded the next book in the series.
Divergent – (Kindle) gets my highest marks for the books I’ve read. It’s also definitely NOT cozy. It falls into the dystopian category, and I know a few of you don’t care for that genre at all. I’m torn between starting the second book in the series and between book #3 in the above-mentioned series, because I am quite interested in finding out what happens next to Tris/Beatrice. It’s another rights of passage with a female main character series, but I can’t bring myself to call it young adult fiction. Yes, like many of the popular series of late – Twilight, Hunger Games and more – the main characters are in their late teens, but the settings and themes are rather dark, and in my mind… young adult fiction is really a polite phrase for teen lit, and this isn’t sappy, high school drama lama stuff.
Of course, I should explain that my favorite book I read in college was Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, so it’s time for me to swallow hard and admit I enjoy reading dystopian literature, especially when the protagonist is a female making tough choices and trying to find her way.
All in all, I’ve read over 1300 pages in the past 10 days or so, not including board reports and the first of the holiday letters arriving in our mailbox. There’s almost no way I’ll make my goal of 100 books this year, even if I add a few more very short ones to the list, so I’m not even going to try to fake it.
Have you had time for any reading lately?