3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, seemed so depressing but the reviews were so amazing that I thought I'd give it a chance.. and I am so glad I did. It was depressing yes, but also so hopeful, made you feel so grateful for all that you were blessed with, made you laugh and cry and realize the importance of hard work and determination.. It goes onto my must read list..
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows - January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends. I am a bit on the fence about this one.. it has a good concept and started out interestingly.. the entire book is told in letters.. but then 3/4 in it got to a point where I just wanted it to end.. what was initially cute and unique just started to become annoying and repetitive... argh!
5. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairy tales written by Eliza Makepeace - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century - Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past. This tale was told in three different times.. there was the story of Eliza, Nell and Cassandra and I found myself most intrigued and interested in the story of Eliza. I found myself skimming through some of Cassandra's chapters so that I could read more about Eliza.. While I won't call this one a must read I'd still recommend it.. Eliza was such an amazing character and her story so interesting and heartbreaking that it makes the book worth it..
8. Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner - Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. The more Tessa learns about the Denbe family, the less she likes their chances. What might have looked like the perfect existence—a powerful CEO, his adoring wife, their angelic child—is not what it appears. Husband, wife, daughter—magazine perfect, but each hiding dark secrets… Another thriller.. pretty good.. but nowhere near as good as Iron House. Most of the story had me intrigued and interested it was the end that pissed me off a bit..
10. Mean Streak by Sandra Brown - Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. Boy was this a boring story, minus a few thrills here and there this was a fairly predictable tale with almost no thrill level.
11. Wolf by Mo Hayder - When a vagrant—the Walking Man—finds a dog wandering alone with the words "HELP US” written on its collar, he’s sure it’s a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery has no idea who or what he is searching for, but one thing he is sure of: it's a race against time. Meanwhile, the Anchor-Ferrers, a wealthy local family, are fighting for their lives in their remote home ten miles away. Two men have tricked their way into the house and are holding the family for ransom. Yet as the captors’ demands become increasingly bizarre and humiliating, it becomes clear that this is more than a random crime it’s a personal vendetta. Another great thriller.. this really has been the year of thrillers for me.. Wolf was intriguing, disturbing and unpredictable.. and the twist at the end was a devastating realization..
12. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. After reading this one I am just very very glad that I was born in this century.. and it is also amazing to see just how far we have come.. the oppression, the injustices women have faced and endured throughout the centuries.. and here we are now, stronger than ever before.. makes me proud to be a woman.
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What have you been reading? Anything I should add to my ever growing list?