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Books are one of my passions. I love reading. But as a blogger, I completely stink at doing actual full book reviews. Rarely will you find them posted on the blog. There is one gal I do them for and those are few and far in between. Because I do love reading and do it often, as you see on Instagram, I thought a fun way to bring my love of books to the blog.
Each month, I’ll be sharing with you all the books I have read the previous month. Giving you the stars I gave them along with a description from Amazon and linking to the book to buy on Amazon if you so choose. So look forward to each month to the books I read and a little of what I thought of them.
Read in October 2018
From the books I have read in the past year, this last month was so small. I could hardly believe my eyes when I pulled the read in October 2018 list. Only 3 books, 3 is nothing. I didn’t even finish an e-book during the month. Finishing only these 3 regular hardbound books.
See what happens when I get back to work fully on the blog and social media. Book reading gets slim!
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
3 out of 5 stars
Having watched the movie on Amazon and loved it, I was excited to read the book. Realizing it was on my bookshelf already for me to read, I quickly grabbed it. Sadly, I didn’t care for the book as much as I did the movie. Maybe if I had read the book before watching the movie I would have liked it more.
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.
The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.
Phantoms by Dean Koontz
3 out of 5 stars
A good solid older book. I love Dean Koontz and being able to read some of his older books that I hadn’t had the pleasure to read brings me great joy. It was a little weird how it jumped right into the weirdness instead of building up the characters a bit more.
They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body, strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.
At first, they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Even a toxic contamination. What about a bizarre new disease?
But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined…
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
4 out of 5 stars
Personally, I don’t read a lot of straight romances but LaVyrle Spencer is one of my old time favorites. I read one of her books while in high school and it was one of my favorites for a very long time. This one was just as good and the flow of the book was amazing.
On the eve of World War II, two people are brought together by fate and discover an unexpected passion
Tall, dark and handsome Will Parker has served time for the killing of a Texas prostitute but keeps losing jobs as his reputation becomes known. In the small town of Whitney, Ga., at the beginning of WW II, he answers the advertisement of a pregnant widow and mother of two, the abused and reclusive Eleanor Dinsmore, who is looking for a husband. Soon in love with ostensibly plain, bedraggled Ellie, Parker dotes on her two boys and works to support the family. Fittingly for this sort of bucolic idyll, Will and Ellie, despite their rudimentary educations, love books and develop a special friendship with wise old Miss Beasley, the local librarian. Alas, brazen and rapacious Lula Peak, the town floozie, sets her sights on Will, waylaying him in the library; meantimes, Lula is blackmailing her lover, the cowardly Harley Overmire, who is no friend of Will. The clearly drawn characters fulfill their imperatives including Will, who becomes a war hero and all is neatly and pleasingly resolved. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
In case you want to check out September, August, June & July, April, March, February, and January reads.