Friday, February 3, 2017

The Circle of Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #9) by Jennifer Chiaverini

★★★

An Elm Creek Quilt novel with 5 different parts - each one telling the story of a different character, their background in quilting and how they applied for an instructor position at Elm Creek Quilt Camp.  The last part focused on the current Elm Creek Quilters.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #8) by Jennifer Chiaverini

★★★

Another Elm Creek Quilt novel - this one goes back and forth between Sylvia and Sarah in the present preparing for Christmas at Elm Creek Manor and a variety of Christmas's from Sylvia's past.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #7) by Jennifer Chiaverini

★★★ 1/2

The seventh book the the "Elm Creek Series" takes place in pre-Civil War Pennsylvania.  It focuses on Dorothea - who later became involved with Sylvia's family - and her role in the Underground Railroad and building a library for what eventually becomes Elm Creek.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

★★★★

This was a very interesting book on Rosemary, the oldest of John F. Kennedy's sisters and the first non-fiction book that I had managed to finish in a long time.  It tells the tragic story of Rosemary's life as a intellectually disabled child growing into adulthood and the lobotomy that was performed on her and kept quiet for many decades after.  The story was very heartbreaking, but gave a lot of insight into the lives of disabled individuals during the time and was able to shed light on rights gained for the disabled due to the influences of Rosemary's siblings.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

* Top Ten (2016)

Top Ten Books of Past Years:
2013
2014
2015


10.) Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

9.) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

8.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

7.) Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

6.) The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

5.) The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

4.) A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

3.) The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

2.) All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

1.) The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

See all of the books that I read in 2016 on goodreads.  I read 58 total books this year and only missed by goal of 60 books by 2.  Pretty good considering how busy the year has been: started a director job at the library in October, finished my MLS in grad school, and we will be welcoming Baby Smith #2 at the end of February next year!!  

You can see what we're been up to here.  Isabelle and I have been busy reading and finishing her 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and I've also been attempting to make it to the Evening Book Club at the library every month.  


Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

★★★★
"At some point, the family you create is more important that the one you were born into."

This was an important novel that dealt with family relationships and cultural traditions.  Spanning across several decades, it looks at two different stories that are connected by a mother's decision and the love of a daughter that she will never know.  I really enjoyed learning about India and the novel's realistic conclusion.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg (audio)

★★★
"If you say something over and over again, it begins to lose it's meaning...Say anything enough times and it becomes gibberish."

This novel had an interesting premise and follows the storylines of several classmates as they attend their 40 year high school reunion.  Each had various expectation of the reunion and insight is given to their lives in the present and their experiences in high school.  A good reminder that some people change and others simply can't or choose not to and that your experiences in high school do not have to define the rest of your life.  The novel was entertaining enough,  but I felt sorry for most of the characters and (with a few exceptions) didn't like most of them all that much.  I was glad that some of them were able to find happiness in the end.