Here's what I read over the last month:
Deadlocked and Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Well, I finally caught up on Sookie Stackhouse. I happened to stumble on the last two books while at the library before Christmas and grabbed them both. While I'm less enamored of the stories than I was in the beginning of the series, Harris makes her books hard to put down. I still don't know how I feel about the final end to the series but I know there was no way to make everyone happy with Sookie's love life!
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The latest Percy Jackson. I love these books…they are fast paced and totally absorbing. Not the height of literature to be sure, but the way he weaves in the different Greek and Roman mythology is impressive and saves them from being fluff. This one finds our team of heroes divided between two worlds as they try to free the doors of Death. The characters are beginning to grow up (sniff, sniff!) and they are dealing with much more mature problems. Now to wait until next fall for The Blood of Olympus!
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma Rowley
Fun look into the production of the hit series. I grew up on Masterpiece Theater and have been watching Downton since the beginning. The pictures are beautiful and there was a lot of really interesting information about how the filming works in an historic home. And the pictures of the costumes and Highclere Castle? Swoon!
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
I'm very torn about this one. It's our book club pick for January and while the story was interesting and fast paced, the character development bothered me. I didn't think the author conveyed Anne's character in a smooth arc-it felt choppy and a bit contrived sometimes. I also think that Charles Lindbergh would have been really interesting if his character was fleshed out more. He felt like a cardboard cutout of the genius/jerk husband archetype and not like an actual human with flaws. Part of my problem could be that I've read Gift from the Sea (see below) multiple times and had my own image of Anne Lindbergh to contend with while reading Benjamin's version. It left me wanting to reread Gift from the Sea and track down a biography of each of the Lindberghs…wanting to read more is usually a sign of pretty good historical fiction for me. Since my book club is made up of modern day aviator's wives it should be a good discussion!
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
After I finished the Aviator's Wife I couldn't get the two versions of Anne out of my head, and how different they were. Gift from the Sea became a seminal feminist tract as it encouraged women to grow throughout her life and to be her own person, as well as half of a partnership. This is one of those books that I read every few years and relate to entirely different parts of it. Anne wrote this after a retreat to solitude and simplicity on Captiva Island in the 50s. She frames each chapter by exploring one of the shells she found on the beach while she was there, and later brought to her home in Connecticut to see as she wrote. Sometimes dense but I think this is one of those books that everyone will find at least a few words that resonate with them.
Where'd you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Funny, quirky, satirical. This was the perfect read for this past weekend. It tells the tale of a woman who goes missing just as her daughter is finishing middle school. It's told through emails, faxes, invoices and narration from her daughter Bee. Go read it! (And then come back and snicker with me about the Suburu vs. Mercedes Parents!)
What have you been reading this month? As usual, I'm linking up to Twitterature on Modern Mrs Darcy. Go check it out for more great books!
This post contains affiliate links.