Because of a crazy couple of weeks (moving, no internet at the the new apartment yet, traveling for a friend’s wedding) I missed last week’s reading update here, so this is two weeks worth of books. (And now I’m a couple of days late even getting this posted, but hopefully next week I can get back on schedule.)
This will be a very basic post in terms of formatting, and without my normal links. Maybe later I will remember to go back and insert the links…
The Jane Austen Project: I’ve already written up my full review here on the blog; the short version is this book could have been so good, but was disappointing.
The Journey: I was a little nervous about reading my niece’s debut novel and posting opinions about it, but it was an enjoyable read. I keep describing it as ‘like if Louisa Alcott had written Lord of the Rings’ because I’m just not sure how else to sum it up.
Miss Buncle’s Book: A book that’s all about different kinds of people being people in a cozy (or not so cozy once stirred up!) English village isn’t my normal read, but this was well done enough to be very enjoyable anyway. Highly recommended for anyone who likes amusing character based stories.
Voice of Life: Finally finished this audio book fantasy YA series! I’d give the series four stars overall—the beginning of this book was a bit slow, but the end wrapped everything up very nicely, and with a good level of adventure.
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club: It’s funny that I picked this one up right after Miss Buncle’s Book, as the settings and even feel are very different, but both are in that ‘all about different kinds of people’ zone. Lots of stressful things happening in this book, and a few annoying attitudes, but very engaging.
Agnes Grey: I finally read an Anne Bronte book! It’s a fairly simple story, without either the complexity or the weird bits I’m used to from the other Bronte sisters. It was a very relatable story for me—in the beginning that wasn’t so good, as it was all uncomfortable social situations, that I don’t feel I need to get from my reading life, but as the story unfolded I appreciated it much more.
Desiring God: Still just very slowly working on this one.
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: I finally got the library confusion fixed so I could finish the end of this audio book! Definitely appreciating the information so far.
The Disciplines of the Christian Life: I’m making slow progress on this audio book, but it does seem helpful.
The True Meaning of Smekday: My initial reaction was that I might as well just watch Home again and get the great visuals and voice acting, but the further I get, the more I find really funny lines and complex story bits that didn’t make it into the movie, so I’m starting to be really glad I picked up the book version.
The Man in the Dark: My first reaction to the fact that Doug Wilson wrote a contemporary romance was something like blinking several times and saying, “Huh.” It’s not my preferred genre, but I like what he’s doing with it, both in concepts and humor.
Skunk Works: Good book, just need to find the right time to get back to the audio.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: My husband and I are working through this audio book together, very slowly.
Wilder (The Guardian, #1): Stilted writing AND nothing interesting happening in the first several pages.
Tain Bo Culange: The fact that this is ‘classic literature’ only goes so far in pushing me onward when I’m not enjoying the story or liking any of the characters.
Ella, the Slayer: I was really looking forward this one based on the premise (Cinderella retelling in a setting where the Spanish Flu created zombies) but the only part of the writing that was evoking any kind of emotion for me was describing how gross the zombies are. Not what I was looking for.