Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila atBook Journeywhere you list the books you read last week and the ones you hope to read this week!

This week was a rainy spring break for me - I read a lot, and also abandoned two books. I just wasn't in the mood for them this week. Phil Rickman, I will see you in the fall, when I try again.

Read Last Week:

Farm City by Novella Carpenter: I don't want to say much about this one today, it is our book club pick for May, and I always do a book club blog. I will just say this for now: I am glad I read it.

The Girl Who Would Speak For the Dead by Paul Elwork: This book was excellent. The ghosts in the book were not literal ghosts, like ones that haunt houses, but the ones that haunt a person internally, the ones they live with personally everyday.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker: Last week, I had just started this book and stated I felt badly for Truly. By the end of the book I had changed my mind. This book left me feeling a million different ways. At the beginning, I felt sympathetic towards Truly- all the way up to page 219. This is where she turns a dark corner to me. After that, she seemed so full of rage and hate. Even her acts of mercy were tainted by this hate. True, she had some reasons to feel that way, but she also had reasons not to- Marcus, Amelia, Bobbie to list three. And while she had a difficult upbringing, she found a real sister of the heart in Amelia, and she threw that to the ground. Poor Amelia had to be sacrificed before Truly could be purged of her rage, and Amelia was the best of the bunch.

The writing and imagery were beautiful however, and I enjoyed all the turns and twists the book took, with the exception of Truly's personality becoming a little less than I expected from her. So, while Truly did not remain a sympathetic character to me and I actually hated her by the end of the book, the rest of the book stood on its own, and I loved the other characters, like Amelia and Marcus.

Currently Reading:


  1. I have Little Giant of Aberdeen County on my tbr list - looking forward to reading your review.

    I've heard good things about The Zookeeper's Wife - can't wait to see what you think.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. I'm very curious about The Little Giant of Aberdeen County....and I know what you mean about characters "turning" into something else.

    I've had that experience with books, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. What fantastic reading for you. I see two books to add to my wishlist. Coming up I'll be reading a Harry Harrison book, more manga, more assigned reading for school and whatever else strikes my fancy. Come see what I finished this week.


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