Every year I keep track of the books I read so when december comes I can feel like I accomplished something. Is there a book you just loved, leave me a comment, I love suggestions!
1. The Friday Night Knitting Club This book was alright. I didn’t like it enough to read the sequel.
2. Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time I liked this book for the insight it gave me on how men view marriage and relationships. I really found it illuminating. I was familiar with some of the music he and his wife recorded on their mixed tapes, but not much- mostly because I was still in Jr High at the time.
3. American Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader’s Circle) This was a fictionalized version of the GW Bush and Laura Bush story. It was a well crafted and interesting story. Having read Laura Bush’s biography I read this book seeing all the glaring differences.
4. The Dressmaker: A Novel I enjoyed this story of a Parisian dressmaker who under values himself and through the love of a woman he begins to realize his potential. I think part of the reason this story appealed to me was because I too sew clothing and i understood and appreciated the details of sewing in the story.
5. A Hundred Summers I loved this story because it was set in NY during the 30’s, but the story is captivating too! A story of love and jealousy and family obligations. There were some crude parts as well…
6. Summer People: A Novel (P.S.) I did not like this book. It was equal parts lame and vulgar. There was almost no plot.
7. If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Marri ed I literally laughed my way through this book, Jenna is HILARIOUS. I think there should be a pre-requisite to reading this book: Married 10+ years (but less than 20) and have at least 2 children under 16. If you meet this criteria the book will be even more enriching!
8. Clair de Lune
9.The Ladies’ Lending Library: A Novel
10. The Queen’s Handmaiden – the seamstress in me loved this book. I loved the detail about the clothes and fabrics. The story behind all the clothing was equally fascinating. I don’t know a whole lot about the British Monarchy so I don’t know how accurate the story was, but it was interesting with a twist at the end.
11. Dad Is Fat– a quick and funny read, lots of good stuff from Jim Gaffgin, one of my favorite comedians.
12. My Name Is Resolute -Wow!! I loved this book! I loved Nancy Turners other books as well, I love her tradition of strong -yet culturally realistic- female characters.
13. A Good American
14. The Secret Life of Violet Grant
15. The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Koppel, Lily (2013) Hardcover – with the new ABC series coming out, I wanted to read the book that sparked the show. This book does not read dry like a typical non-fiction account. Koppel wrote with actual dialogue and almost in story form, I really enjoyed the book and I am NOT a space/science person at all. I think it kinda turned my husband on when I could talk astronauts with him.
16. Secrets of a Charmed Life
17. The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War (P.S.)
18. The Red Leather Diary byKoppel
19.Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune