I honestly had to go back and look at my GoodReads account to see what/if I read this last quarter. I go through phases: I’m either obsessed with reading and can’t get enough or I won’t pick up a book for months. I’ve got a number of great titles on my list but I’m just unmotivated to read these days. I’m thinking that’ll change soon because it’s getting darker and it’s getting colder in the evenings. I’m determined not to turn on the heat until at least November 1st (Thanksgiving would be even better), so hopefully I’ll be snuggled in earlier in the evening with the beau and a good book. Or three.
I did read two books during the first week of July:
This story is about 15-year old Christopher who is logistically very smart and decides to write his first novel as he tries to figure out who murdered a dog in the neighborhood, Wellington. I know someone very similar to Christopher – with high functioning autism – who also has a knack with numbers. This first person tale put even more into perspective for me (re: yellow cars) and I have to admit, I too enjoy making lists and found this format comforting. I gave it 3 stars.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK: The format, it’s told from the perspective of a veterinarian living in the Northeast, receiving phone calls from people within his community. While off-putting at first, you’ll easily adjust and want to read more.
WHAT MADE ME LAUGH: The little stories throughout – what his wife was cooking, what his children were up to.
DID IT MAKE YOU CRY?: Yes, yes it did.
I randomly picked up this book off of the bookshelf at work while waiting for another to arrive, and read it in two days. Chosen only because there was a cow on the cover, I got really lucky. The story is about a father looking for answers after his son was injured during a hunting accident. The format made it feel like you were reading through his personal journal, which made it very easy for me to get drawn in. Yes, I may have seen the ending coming a mile away but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it when it happened. I gave it 4 stars.
And I did start three other books this quarter – reading about 20 pages of each and returning them when they were due.
- After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go? by Matthew Walker
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Claire Bidwell Smith
- Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews – I still have this book by my bedside and am now about 80 pages in, ha! This is an interesting book to say the least… also on the Great American Read list.
I’ve read 12 of 15 books in 2018.