There’s quite a bit of variety here. I ordered some of these from Amazon and picked up others at Goodwill. If it says a book has won some kind of award, I’m likely to read it. That might not always be a good thing. . .
I’ll Drink To That—This is a fun, read-in-a-week kind of book. It’s a memoir by the popular Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper, 86-year-old Betty Halbreich. It’s not a life-changing read, but the behind-the-scenes stuff of high-society life is interesting, and her approach to fashion made me feel like a slob. She’s never (never) worn a pair of jeans. I’m pretty sure she would find me appalling, but I like her spunk.
The Secret Keeper—I loved this book. It was the first one I’ve read by Kate Morton, and it convinced me to buy another one of hers right after. It goes back and forth between the past and the present, with a mystery woven in. I am usually pretty good at guessing the outcome, but didn’t have this one figured out. I actually gasped when the mystery was revealed.
All the Light We Cannot See—I wanted to love this book, because I thought I should. I actually looked forward to sitting down to read it, because I just knew the next thing was going to be the thing that hooked me. But, I never really found it. This book gets such high reviews online. I just had to read it for myself. And, now I have. That’s not really a glowing review, is it? :)
BossyPants—I read this one immediately after the one I just mentioned above. I felt like I needed a little comic relief, and this provided it. I never knew the story behind Tina Fey’s scar. Interesting/awful. And, I loved the SNL behind-the-scenes stuff. (This one is a quick, light read—perfect for a beach trip.)
Among the Ten Thousand Things—So, this one starts out a little racy. (It’s about an affair and the effect it has on the entire family.) But, once you get past the beginning, it felt like watching a movie and looking into someone else’s life—and marriage. I liked it overall. Maybe I just wouldn’t pass it along to my mother, who I guess now knows what I’ve read.
The God of Small Things—This is one of those “it won an award so I’ll give it a try” books, even though it’s almost 20 years old. I hadn’t heard of it before. It deals with twins living in India and a tragedy that happened when they were younger. I was actually enjoying it, until the end and then Boom! A completely, unexpected dose of incest. Yes, I hate to even type that. I went online to read reviews after I finished to make sure I read what I actually thought I did. Some readers said it was done in a tasteful way. Huh??! I immediately put it back in the Goodwill pile. Have you read this?
What are you reading now?