Bleak House by Charles Dickens 6/5/2013
Excellent - Classic 991 pages Audio
Esther Summerson, an orphan, becomes the companion of Ada Clare, one of the wards in the case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, a long-running court case in 1820's London.
Our book club selection for both May & June. This is the BEST Dickens novel I have read. Enjoyed it a lot! Tons of characters - no one does great characterizations like Dickens! A romance, a mystery, some humor - it's all in here!
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner 6/7/2013
Good - Young Adult 416 pages Audio
OK, this time through I paid attention to the story. LOL
This is the audio version narrated by Tom Hiddleston that I listened to last month. Decided to listen again and pay more attention to the plot rather than the narrator's silky voice. Quite a good young adult novel, though a bit on the mystical side.
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella 6/13/2013
Good - Chick Lit 446 pages Print
Told in alternating voice between two sisters - Lottie, who is prone to making bad decisions after a breakup, and Felicity (Fliss), who is recovering from a bad divorce and wants to prevent her sister from a bad marriage.
Needed something light and fluffy and Kinsella usually fits the bill. Not my favorite novel by her, but quite entertaining all the same.
What's It Like to be Married to Me? And Other Dangerous Questions by Linda Dillow 6/21/2013
Good - Inspirational 272 pages Kindle
Asking yourself the hard questions about your marriage
This was a free download on Kindle but I was intrigued by the title. Lots of good stuff in here.
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner 6/23/2013
Good - Young Adult 362 pages Print
The sequel to The Red Necklace - Yann Margoza rescues French nobility during the Revolution while Sido is safely in England. But his true identity is still in question and an old enemy haunts him.
I liked The Red Necklace enough to seek out the sequel and actually READ the print version. No Hiddleston within hearing distance! Shades of The Scarlet Pimpernel as the main character rescues French aristocrats and gets them to safety in England. Entertaining!
Dracula by Bram Stoker 6/27/2013
Excellent - Classic 613 pages Print
Count Dracula, a vampire, comes to England to find new blood. The story is told via journals and letters.
I was a bit iffy about our July book club selection, which is a bit different than our normal book club fare. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this. The storytelling via journals and letters from different viewpoints was interesting and the tale was chilling and thought-provoking.
This is the most print books I've read in a month in quite some time!