Thursday, September 11, 2014

Minding the Manor by Mollie Moran, 353 pages

I'd seen this checked out by a patron, and as a fan of Downton Abbey and anything English, historical, and/or nonfiction, this fit all those categories. She went to work in the early 1930s as a kitchen maid, aka, scullery maid, which was pretty much the lowest of the low on the servant caste system. She worked her way up to cook in just a decade, and her book reflects an interesting viewpoint of a changing system. Mollie's zest for life comes through, and this is a well written book, featuring tips each chapter, including quotes from the Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. I finished this book wanting to set and have a cup of tea with this very feisty woman. This is a must read for anyone interested in this time period.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (374 pgs.)

I picked this one up because Patty's review caught my interest.

Interesting story divided into 3 parts following several years of protagonist, Billie Breslin's, life.  We watch her personal mystery unfold as she comes to grips with her past and with who she really is with the help of friends who break through her wall.

There is also a story within the story that helps Billie in her growth as she brings the past into the present.

There is much in this novel to capture the attention of a foodie, but you don't have to be a foodie (which I most definitely am NOT) to enjoy the story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Runaways: Escape to New York, 168 pages

This has been an outstanding series. While I'm not usually a fan of Marvel, this has been well-done and a lot of fun to read. I do recommend starting from the beginning though.

Terminal City by Linda Fairstein, 597 pages

I've read all of the Alex Cooper mysteries. These are not for the light of heart readers. I'm not a big of a fan of the later books as the early  ones, but I think that's more my changing tastes than the books themselves. Set in New York City, these give an indepth look at some of New York's most famous (and least known) landmarks.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dearly Devoted Dexter (292 pages).

by Jeff Lindsay.

I'm enjoying the "Dexter" book series almost as much as I enjoy the TV series. The storylines are very different.  The writing and characterization is intriguing to me. The books are an easy read and having a book series of familiar characters is a comfort I enjoy from time to time. These aren't books I'll probably ever re-read or books I'd add to my collection or be in my top books lists, but they're well-written (language-wise, not necessarily for plot-loving folks) and enjoyable reads.

The Destruction of the Books by Mel Odom, 381 pages

This is the sequel to The Rover, it takes place a few decades later, and it feels like a book is missing. Very much Lord of the Rings though, with a book emphasis.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (396 pgs.)

It took several chapters for me to start getting into the book while the author introduced the main characters and several different story lines.  Once I got the people straight, I could see the stories gradually coming together.  One moment can change so many lives.

The characters are interesting and believable.  Their stories pull you in and I wanted to get to the resolution.  There was an intriguing epilogue.  Some folks find them annoying, but I enjoy them.