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  • Title & Author
  • Rating:   1(Worst) to 5 (Best)
  • 3 words that describe this book, e.g. well written, dull, fascinating, brilliant, etc.
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?
  • What was your favorite scene, character, or quote from the book?



6 thoughts on “Fiction

  1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    4 Stars
    Mysterious, Intriguing, Satisfying

    I enjoyed this book. It is mysterious and at times suspenseful but never scary. A dilapidated old mansion in the English countryside, hints of ghosts, family secrets, rare books, libraries, beautiful gardens, biographical and psychological research, personal demons, and a missing true story to be told from a deathbed. There are so many questions and unexpected turns in the story that it held my attention for hours at a time. Even though some of the story seemed implausible, it was well written with rich descriptions and nice tempo.

    The big question, one that the author has intentionally left unanswered, is what is the time period for story? My guess is around the 1950’s-70’s as there are cars, construction machinery and telephones but very little technology that is used to assist with research such as computers and the internet. Even so, the mansions and countryside gave it a much earlier feel.

    I liked the setting for this story and wanted to wander through the house and gardens myself. I loved “the girl in the mist” as it set my mind working on all sorts of possible explanations.


  2. The Divergent Series — Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four by Veronica Roth
    4 stars for Divergent & Insurgent; 2 stars for Allegiant; 1 star for Four
    Fast-Paced, Exciting, Fun Teen Type Reading

    Although this is another teenage dystopian society series of which there are a lot, the first two books exceeded my expectations. It had enough new unique ideas on the dystopian theme that it kept my interest. Tris and Four are well-developed, although most of the other characters are pretty shallow. It was dark without being too depressing, romantic without being nauseating, and overall a fun easy read. However, the author should have stopped at the end of Insurgent, which actually had a pretty good stopping point for the series. Allegiant seemed to really veer from the story and it almost seemed like she had to go back and change some of the “facts” from the first two stories to make it work. Also, I really did NOT like her alternating the story in first person between Tris’s and Four’s perspectives. She did not write Four’s version of the story well. He sounded too much like Tris and I kept forgetting that I was reading his perspective because he thought and talked just too much like Tris. He also seemed to be a very different character in this book compared to when he was described from Tris’s perspective in the first two books. The book “Four” is even worse because it is all his perspective and just going back and describing random scenes from the other books from his perspective — only for those true die hard fans who want to read every word. As for the movies, the first movie followed Divergent very closely and I liked both the book and movie. The second movie did not follow the Insurgent book very closely and some key elements of the story were changed, but I’m not sure which version I like better. I truly hope they leave the series there and don’t attempt the third movie.

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  3. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
    4.5 stars
    Charming, Captivating, Well Written

    I loved this book! It’s the first Mauve Binchy novel I’ve read and it won’t be the last. It’s a relaxing beach read with a nice story that had me dreaming of visiting Stoneybridge, Ireland and being a guest at Stone House myself. I was drawn into the lovely descriptions of the beaches, rocky crags, and quaint town and close-knit community. I loved that in just one week in winter I learned so much about the guests that from scattered locations and diverse lives, end up taking holiday in the same location. The characters are believable, most are likeable, and all are very interesting. I could relate to many of them and continued to think about them and Stoneybridge long after I completed the book. Hmmm, I wonder which Mauve Binchy novel I should read next…


  4. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
    1 Star
    Morbid, Awkwardly written, mysterious

    I was drawn to this book by the intriguing title and the author. While there were interesting pieces of historical fiction in this book, for the most part I did not enjoy reading it. I forced myself to finish it simply because I kept thinking it must get better. It didn’t. As the storyline developed it became darker yet what was profoundly disappointing was the constant glaring presence of the author telling the story. It rarely felt as though the characters and story were unfolding without effort. This simply was not the book for me.


  5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    4.5 Stars
    Captivating, Interesting, Delightful

    It was the unusual title that first caught my interest and I didn’t really even know what the book was about other than that its content was a series of letters. I’ve never read such a book before and wasn’t sure if I would like it. However, I quickly found myself so intrigued with the likable characters and the story that I couldn’t pull myself away. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook, whose fabulous narrators brought the witty, charming characters to life. I especially enjoyed learning about Guernsey and some of its history during WWII. The story moved along at a comfortable pace and though the ending was predictable, it was a delightful story that I will definitely recommend to others.

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  6. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
    4 stars
    reflective, interesting, well written

    I enjoyed listening to the audiobook narrated by Jim Broadbent, who beautifully tells the tale.of Harold’s pilgrimage. As Harold walks, he recalls memories and events of the past, as does Maureen. It is interesting to learn how different their perceptions are of the same events and to journey with them as they courageously acknowledge their regrets and set about to remedy them. The journey opens your mind to all that Harold experiences along his path; the kindnesses of strangers, the landscape, the towns, animals, followers… Thomas Otto of posted a great article about this book along with a map of Harold’s 452 mile walk. It is a wonderful story with some surprising twists and turns that leaves you thinking about it for weeks after you’ve finished reading it.

    Were you surprised by the twist near the end of the book? I never saw it coming!


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