The lilacs have come and gone in our yard, and I didn’t get one picture of them.
My husband walked away from a serious car accident virtually uninjured. We took a quick trip to PA for a wedding. The school year is wrapping up with characteristic craziness.
Some great books read this month and one abandoned.
Linking up again with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit.
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Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
I liked this book, although I wasn’t sure where it was going and didn’t know I liked it till the end.
It’s about a teenage girl who comes up missing. Rarely have I read a novel that explores the family dynamic in such depth. It felt believable. It rang true. You could feel the pain. People do things for a reason and even extreme behavior can be understandable.
I wouldn’t say that the characters in this novel were relatable. But, there was enough mystery to propel the novel forward and a fascinating tangle of human relationships.
It was a real case study in family systems.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I can’t remember the last time a novel made me cry. This one did.
Love, friendship, community and social awkwardness. It’s the recipe for a great novel.
Ove is near the end of his life, but this novel takes us back to his family, his first love and his losses. It is a bittersweet exploration of what really matters in relationships and what gets in the way.
It demonstrates in brilliant colors that no man is an island.
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
This novel is an unusual look at marriage. It traces the story of two fictional characters, but steps back to analyze and philosophize at intervals between the story.
I found it fascinating because the dynamics between husbands and wives are more complex than we give them credit.
Although I wouldn’t recommend this to young people because it does normalize non-traditional values, I found the interactions to be instructive.
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
I loved this book written for middle grades and I read it twice.
It gets five stars for being wholesome and a thumbs up for real heroes. When I read middle grade, I find myself identifying with the teachers and principals. Ha.
I loved the two families portrayed here and the real struggle with how twelve year olds deal with the heavy issues of life.
I liked her style. I liked her characters. I loved seeing the main character win the battles in his world.
This is How it always Is by Laurie Frankel
This is an exceptionally well-written novel. I abandoned it, however, because it contradicts my world view. I know there is a growing trend to accept the abnormal as normal and even to embrace it. But, this is a dangerous trend. It starts with presuppositions that aren’t true and builds on premises that aren’t true. I feel that well-meaning people are genuinely deceived.
Books that normalize non-traditional values are not for me. This is why I abandoned it.
What are you reading this month?
Stay tuned for my Summer Reading Guide for All Ages Coming soon!