The month of November I read 11 books, and this month I was down to 5 books. I think the holidays played a factor and I did some knitting that took up my reading time. I also had one book that I started and it took me forever to get to page 40 and I finally just gave up. Here are the books I read:
My rating system:
Five Stars: Blew me away, made me want to stay up till 3am to finish, would read again and again.
Four Stars: Really good book, fast paced or thought provoking
Three Stars: Okay, didn’t thrill me but didn’t disappoint me either.
Two Stars: I almost didn’t finish, it may have irritated or offended me in some way.
The Life Intended – Some books just really hit you hard and speak to you in such a way that it leaves you raw long after you finish the book. This book did that for me, I cried while reading it more than a few times. It could be because it dug up things I have been feeling lately, but also because it leads you to think about your own life and how you affect others. This book deals with a widow named Kate who upon getting engaged to a good caring man starts to have dreams of her lost husband and the life she would have led. It leads her to question her life and also to take new uncharted paths. They lead her to take sign language and take on work with hearing impaired children in the foster care system. She starts to question if she is living her life or still just getting through it. This book left me broken and feeling every emotion, I urge you to give it a read.
The Girl You Left Behind – The first half of this book discuss the life of Sophie, the wife of a French artist Edouard Lefevre. Edouard painted Sophie and it hangs in the family hotel during WWI and draws the eye of the German Kommandant. Sophie risks her family, reputation and life for a chance to save her husband. The second half of the book you find Liv who was given the painting as a gift from her now deceased husband. That painting has become a symbol and life force for her. When she gets notice that the Lefevre family wants to reclaim the painting the fight begins to tell the story of the paint and Sophie’s history.
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club – Just after Jo’s husband asks for a divorce he gets into a fatal accident. This leads Jo to move with her two sons to a little villa in London to take over her Gran’s knitting shop. It comes with a stuffy set in her ways assistant and all the local color of the community. After a movie star befriends her while trying to hide out while pregnant her shop gets a boost and new knitting group can hardly contain themselves. The Goodreads summary would lead you to believe this is a romance but it really doesn’t come into play into the last 100 pages. It is more her journey of moving on, and the cast of characters who helps make it easier.
The Memory of Flight – This story is the tale of a mother and daughter, told from both points of view. Marilyn, the mother escapes from her marriage to move her family into her parents guest house, and struggles with mental health. Ginny, the daughter escapes behind a camera preferring to view the world behind the lens. Her mother’s increasingly erratic behavior leads Ginny to need to escape more and more. I think this book would be great for a book club. I felt the telling was gritty and full of struggle but I failed to see the point, other than life is not always sunshine and roses.
Jeneration X – I read this book for the Semi-Charmed Winter Challenge and I wish I could get that time back. I have read a few other books from this author, but this one was just horrible and really made me dislike this author. Normally she is sarcastic and tells it like it is. She went through some really rough times losing everything and she kept her humor about it, this book was basically her whining about everything, being paranoid to the point of chasing people down the street. She blasts Generation X but talks about her love of designer brands and luxury travel. i just can’t relate to her in any way.
What books have you read this month?
Will you add any of these books to your list?