Monday, June 15, 2015

What I've Been Reading

It seems like forever since I've posted about books, and a search just now proved that it's actually been seven months--way too long, for sure. Since I don't actually review the books here, these book lists and links probably don't help you much. (You can count on the fact that I rarely read anything that doesn't have at least a four-star rating among Amazon's customers, and if I really dislike a book, I won't even list it. So who needs my opinion anyway?) Nevertheless, these posts sure make it much easier for me when I'm considering a book and can't remember if I've already read it. That happens more often than I'd like to admit, especially when I'm reading a lot of books by the same author.

I knew that someday I'd get back to book lists, so I've continued to save an image of each one as I've read it. Boy, have I built up a backlog! I'll try to put up a reading post at least once a week until I catch up.

Here we go, starting way back where we left off in November:

Under the Sassafras
by Hattie Mae

Huntress Moon
by Alexandra Sokoloff

The Lost Saints of Tennessee
by Amy Franklin Willis

The Beans of Egypt, Maine
by Carolyn Chute

A Will and a Way
by Nora Roberts

Jubilee's Journey
by Bette Lee Crosby

Blood Land
by R. S. Guthrie

A Girl Named Zippy
by Haven Kimmel

The Girl Who Came Home
by Hazel Gaynor

Harbored Secrets
by Marie F. Martin

To read a description and reviews of any of these books,
click on its image above.

Okay, I will give one brief review:  The Beans of Egypt, Maine is a well-written, good story, but it depressed the heck out of me. When I think about it--and I still do--I wish I could unread it.


  1. Any of the books non fiction?

    1. A Girl Named Zippy is a memoir, and I think you'd enjoy it. Click on it above, then click on "Look inside," read a little bit and see what you think.

  2. RE: Wishing you could unread a book ... I understand. That is how I felt about The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer.

    1. Not surprised, Betsy. Saw Dave Pelzer on Oprah years ago and have successfully avoided the book ever since. Didn't want all that in my head. On the other hand, the gory works of Stephen King and James Patterson don't seem to bother me at all. Twisted, huh?

  3. When my comments read like a isn't I am hitting the bottle. I am just using the iPad. I am not very good with it!!😇

    1. I have the same problem on the iPad. Annoying, isn't it?

    2. Um...Sister-Three? About "A Girl Named Zippy"? Just clicked on it myself and it isn't the book I was thinking of when I said I think you'd enjoy it. You MIGHT enjoy it, but frankly, after reading the first few pages, my memory of it is so vague I can't be sure how much I liked it. Those first few pages were good, though.

      The book I was thinking of was "Sunlight on My Shadow." (Found the name of it by googling "pregnant teen goes to Catholic home for unwed mothers.") The link to that one is on my post dated Oct. 14, 2014.

      Sorry for the confusion. That's what happens when you read too much and you're old.

  4. I'm glad you gave that ending review because when I scrolled down your list, the Beans and The Lost Saints of Tennessee caught my attention. Now I've checked off the former; I don't like to read depressing books. Like you, they stay with me too long. I never have gotten over We Were The Mulvaneys.

    1. I know you will understand this: the book I'm reading currently is okay, not as good as I expected based on the hype, but my opinion of it jumped up half a star yesterday when a character "stanched the bleeding," instead of incorrectly "staunching" it, which I see in too many books and which drives me crazy!


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