2016 // What I Read in Q2

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Backstory // What I Read in Q1

April, May and June I picked up some speed, though we started off with a real dud for April book club.

I did not enjoy Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, which was a disappointment because I LOVED Devil in the White City several years ago, and thought the premise of this book sounded so interesting. It was super dry, and didn't pick up until the verrrrry end when the ship sank and of course then the book was over! I even tried the audio version for a minute, which was excruuuuciating in its pace (slowwww). We all agreed this was the dud of the book club year (I believe it even won the official superlative for it).

Next was one of my FAVORITE books of the year (probably even my very favorite!!!), Mudbound by Hilary Jordan. Five stars FOR SURE! This book captivated me from the very first chapter. It takes place in the delta of Mississippi (right down the road from us here in Memphis, with a few scenes in Memphis), post WW2. The pace was amazing, the writing very clever (word economy was perfect) and the story really put you into Jim Crow South unlike anything else I've read in my life. I recommend this book to anyone. I borrowed from the library on my kindle but bought myself a paperback for Jonathan to read and to be able to lend out.

I deviated a little into middle grade on a trip to Asheville, NC for our 10th anniversary and read Serafina and the Black Cloak, which takes place inside the Biltmore, so that was fun!

Next I finally read some Kate Morton, which I'd heard lots of people talk about, and I did the Lake House. I really enjoyed it! It wasn't as quick of a read as I'd anticipated, and the ending was a bit tidy for my taste, but I did love the setting and the atmosphere she created. I bought Forgotten Garden on a kindle sale a few months ago but haven't made it there yet...

Our next book club selection was Delicious! by Ruth Reichl which was major eh. It was very clearly a food writer's attempt at fiction, which was probably harder than she thought. Some parts were bright and interesting, but mostly it was just overdone and too much (like a WW2 sub-plot thrown in? What?).

On audiobook, I listened to:
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (wonderful, and special to listen to with Jonathan on our road trip to Asheville)
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell (truly mediocre, maybe it was audio?)
- Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (can't believe I hadn't read it yet, but it was superb on audio. I love British accents where they're due.)

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