Two Steps Forward

Book 44 in 2019.

“Two Steps Forward” by, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.

I love Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project”. He wrote this book with his wife, which I find just absolutely amazing. My husband and I have been married for nineteen years, and I don’t think we could work together on anything other than “life”. Ha!

This story was sort of sad, and did not really end the way I wanted it to. However, I thought it was a good. I don’t want to enjoy watching people mourn and struggle. Zoe and Martin’s journey on the Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain was kind of inspiring. It’s not often that I want to go hike anywhere. Ok, I never want to hike anywhere. Ever. This book made me contemplate the possibility. (Don’t worry, this too shall pass). Overall afterthought, decent.

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The Library at the Edge of the World

Book 43 in 2019.

“The Library at the Edge of the World” by, Felicity Hayes-McCoy.

So I just wanted something light and fluffy. This was not it. I finished it just to finish it. Ha. Sometimes when I feel like it, I will power through.

Hanna Casey is a forty something divorcée, living with her cranky mother in the hills of Ireland. She works at the library and drives the mobile bus to deliver books to more remote villages. When her library is threatened by the surrounding village councils plan to build a cruise port, she rallies together new friends to fight for their little town.

Eh. Just not my favorite. I really wanted to like it. I love libraries so much! Ha. Yet, it was hard for me to really get into it. Overall afterthought, eh just ok.

The Road Back to You

Book 42 in 2019.

“The Road Back to You” by, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

This year has been a bit challenging, and I am knocking on forty’s door. Yikes. With all that, comes a little self reflection. Am I officially an adult? Why can’t I let some things go? Why do I feel the need to correct idiots when they open their mouth, when deep down I hate confrontation? Is it normal to be a hot mess in my head, and have a face of composure? Round and round and round I go.

So I guess this is a start, to wrap myself around my own brain. Ha. I really enjoyed Ian Cron’s simple explanations of the Enneagram’s numbers. Here is his definition of the the Enneagram from his website http://www.theroadbacktoyou.com :

I took a test to see what numbers I could be, and could definitely see a lot of myself in what they represented. I really think this is just a beginning point of self discovery. I am interested in digging a little deeper. Overall afterthought, very interesting indeed.

Between,Georgia

Book 41 in 2019.

“Between, Georgia” by, Joshilyn Jackson.

I have yet to read a Joshilyn Jackson book that I did not like. I have so enjoyed all her stories of brave, resilient, sassy, southern women! Even though the characters have the same traits, each story is so unique and different.

Nonny is adopted into the Fret family on the day she is born. However, the feisty, angry, crazy family the Crabtree’s, have never gotten over the fact that she was really one of them. When Nonny’s Aunt is attacked by one of the Crabtree’s doberman’s, she is in the middle of an even more vicious feud, and feels the need to try and smooth things over.

Family feuds, small town life, heartache, adoption, and love, all wrapped up in one great story. Overall afterthought, good stuff.

When Harry Became Sally

Book 40 in 2019.

“When Harry Became Sally” by, Ryan T. Anderson.

Let me just start off by saying, I hate politics. Hate them. Don’t worry I research and vote. But I despise politics, and loathe debate. I also like to live with my head in the sand. “Ignorance is bliss” and all that. Sometimes however certain things bother me. Then I go to what I know, and find a book to learn more about it.

Transgender. Non gender specific child rearing. Thirty five different gender identities. What happened to male and female? Is there really a way to change gender? Ryan Anderson wrote this intense, amazing, informational, scientific, respectful book explaining what is happening in our culture. This was so well written, and eye opening. Almost terrifying at the attack that is happening on families in America. What a heavy responsibility raising a family right now! Whew, I am feeling it. Overall afterthought, so glad I read this.

The Cactus

Book 39 in 2019.

“The Cactus” by, Sarah Haywood.

I was looking for an audiobook to listen to while driving home from a summer road trip. This was absolutely perfect. A little bit different of a story for me. It even had some sad stuff in it, but it was still good.

Susan Green is a forty five year old single woman, who has been content focusing on her career. Within a week she finds out her mother passed away, she left everything to her dead beat brother, and Susan was unexpectedly pregnant.

I know what you are thinking. You don’t like this much drama! Surprisingly I did. Susan is a bit of a loner and a feisty lady, who is a perfectionist and needs everything in neat, tidy order. I just enjoyed her and her crankiness. Overall afterthought, great dramatic story telling.

The Runaway Princess

Book 38 in 2019.

“The Runaway Princess” by, Hester Browne.

So, I have started and put down about three books in the last couple weeks. None of them were worth finishing for me. I have thought about writing about the books that I don’t finish, but it I always feel bad for the authors if I don’t like their stories. I know they don’t read my blog, but I respect the fact that they have written and published a book, a dream I am sure they have achieved. Who am I? Just someone who likes to read books.

Anyway. I wanted cute, light and fluffy. I really enjoyed Hester Browne! I have not read any of her books yet, but I will definitely be checking them out. It was very clean, and a great story that kept me interested.

Girl meets boy.

Boy is actually a prince.

Girl is no where near a princess.

They fall in love.

Can it work out?

Resistance from families.

A little drama.

A little love.

Overall afterthought, it was worth reading all the way through.

Before We Were Yours

Book 37 in 2019.

“Before We Were Yours”, by Lisa Wingate.

So. I have seen this book a lot on the must read lists. “Read this”. “It’s so good”. “You won’t be able to put it down”. “Loved this book”.

I didn’t investigate too much into what it was about. I knew it was about adoption. My general rule with reading is just pick it up from the title and cover, sometimes I find out a little more. I might be the first person who hated this book.

Ha. I know. Harsh. I do not like books about bad things that happen to children. I know it has a great theme of endurance, perseverance, and family bonds. There is so much to the story about finding truth, closure, and love winning. I just can’t get over people harming children. It takes over seeing most of the good. The worst part is, it’s based on true evil, sick, villains who kidnapped, abused, violated, molested and murdered real children, then sold the remaining victims to the highest bidder. Barf.

Overall afterthought, no, nope, blagh.

The American Agent

Book 36 in 2019.

“The American Agent” by, Jacqueline Winspear.

This is book number sixteen in the “Maisie Dobbs Series”. Maisie is now in her early forties at the cusp of WWII. She works in London during the week as a private investigator. In the evening she is a volunteer ambulance driver to help Londoners who are injured during the German blitz bombings that started two weeks ago. One night an American woman journalist joins her team to report on the war. The next day the reporter is found dead in her apartment. Maisie is hired to solve her murder.

Now, this is one of my series. I have loved Maisie from the beginning. She is a great character. I recommend starting on book one, so then you know more about what is what and who is whom. In my mind it’s the only way to read a series. I am not sure if this is the last book or not. I really felt like it left me with enough closure to say goodbye to Maisie. We had a good run and I enjoyed her immensely. Overall afterthought, the end of an era.

The Scent Keeper

Book 35 in 2019.

“The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister.

I almost did not read this book. I wasn’t sure about the cover. Pastel colors are not my favorite. Ha. I know, it gets worse. I also am allergic to a lot of scents and perfumes, I get really bad headaches. Don’t try and understand me.

However! I persevered and picked it up, read it in one day! This book. Such a great story. Sigh… so good.

It is a coming of age story for a girl named Emmaline who grows up on a secluded island with her father. He is a loving father who shows her how to survive off the land. And tells her about fairytales, mermaids and stories of Jack the scent Hunter. He also has a peculiar machine that he uses once a season to capture scents. It prints off little scented papers which he rolls and places in little glass jars, seals them with wax and stores them in little cupboards filling their entire cabin. Her world is happy and content until she is thirteen and grows restless wanting to know what else is out in the world.

I absolutely loved this story. It is not my normal type of book. It had a lot of drama and a little heartache, but it flowed so well. Overall afterthought, loved it.