Let’s look back at the books I read in February. It was a short month but I still managed to finish five books.
Links are to Good Reads, followed by my review of each book.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting, the writing is good, and the characters are believable. But I think it could have been so much more if the author had dug a little deeper and not resolved everything so neatly at the end. There was anguish and hope and love but it was very much on the surface and part of a whole “life lessons” thing that felt a little forced. It could have been much more thought provoking had the writing just been a bit more challenging.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
The writing was excellent but the story fell flat for me and just never really got off the ground. It had great potential but it was, honestly, a little boring.
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
I don’t know how Louise Penny does it but these keep getting better. In fact, this one may be the best one yet. Gamache and all of the characters in Three Pines continue to be my favorites.
Stoner by John Williams
The life lesson I got from this book? An unremarkable life can still leave a remarkable and lasting impression on others. Quiet, unassuming, beautiful and moving, that sums up my feelings about this book.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
I give this high marks for the entertainment factor as the story was interesting and kept me reading so that I could find out what happened. The writing style and structure, though, wasn’t the best. Still recommended for those who enjoy a (slightly) suspenseful story.
And there you have it. 5 books, all mostly good or very good. What have you been reading lately?