I’m doing so well with reading so far this year! My goal is 5 books a month and I’ve read 19 already. Yay me!
Some of these books weren’t for me and some were great but I only have about a paragraph to say about them anyway. Mini-reviews are the way to go!
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
A good friend of mine loved this book and gave it to me, but I just couldn’t get through it. I managed 50 pages and then had to give up, as I noticed that things like polishing shoes were higher on my to-do list than reading was. The story is about a man who advertises in a newspaper to find a wife but gets more than he bargained for. And since he has some dark secrets himself, he is not what the woman expects either. Interesting enough, but I thought the characters were completely wooden and two-dimensional, and I didn’t care what happened to them at all, not one bit. Disapponting.
The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
This is the second book in the Nancy Drew series, which I loved as a child. I still find it charming, if dated. I actually find it surprising that 16-year-old Nancy isn’t discouraged from solving mysteries, it wasn’t exactly a common pastime in her time, the 1930s. Maybe that was part of the point, to show women in a different light. I was interested to learn that the character of Nancy was created in the 1930s, but that 175 volumes of her adventures have been published between then and 2003. The Nancy Drew books are ghostwritten under the collective pen name of Carolyn Keene. I never knew that!
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #10)
I think I’m losing interest in this series… I’ll finish it because I’m so close to the end, but I’m not finding it as riveting as I did at the beginning. I didn’t care much for Sookie in this book, nor for the others. Is it just me? I can’t quite put my finger on why I’ve lost interest, maybe it’s because I don’t find her actions believable anymore. Not that her world is realistic but still, I could see why she did the things she did at the start of the series. I don’t really see why she doesn’t ditch the whole scene. I know this is vague, but I’m trying to avoid spoilers. 🙂
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
I remember seeing loads of bloggers loving this book but I really don’t know why. Maybe I remembered wrong and there was something that sounded like this title. The story was ok, of a boy writing a school paper on infectious diseases of the past and accidentally possibly getting infected with smallpox. But the boy sounded about 12 in his maturity and it turned out he was 16 or something. And he was the laziest kid I’ve ever seen and he just pi**ed me off all the time. The only worthwhile thing about the book (for me) was the historical information about smallpox. I didn’t know that every animal has pox and that the smallpox vaccine is made of the cow pox virus. But it does make me wonder why we allowed chicken pox to hang around. Is it because the vaccine was only invented recently or something?