Wow! I haven’t done one of these in the longest time, but I severely need to get back in the habit of tracking my reading. I feel like everything has gone all helter skelter without me having all of my lists. The last time I attempted to do any kind of reading notes was way back on February 24, 2010. Basically a lifetime ago. So much has happened in the interim that I won’t even begin to try to catch up from there.
This past week was a big reading week for me. I finished Backseat Saints in time for my chat with author Joshilyn Jackson. (I have to say that it was so much fun talking with her about her blog, writing and having the Twenty Minute Book Club on Backseat Saints. There was a lot to discuss there, and we tried to hit upon as much as possible.)
One book that I started reading by accident is Bad Marie, and I say by accident because I picked it up just to get a feel for what the story was like and see if I would like the writing, and I could not put it down. The main character Marie, has just gotten out of jail for bank robbery and accessory to murder only to land herself into even more trouble when she takes off with the husband and child of one of her childhood friends. This book is the best! It’s almost impossible not to suspend your judgement. You just want to see what Marie will do and think next.
I also finally got around to reading The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, and I spent half the time I was reading wondering why I waited so long. I must have been trying to save the best for last. I was totally and realistically caught up in Louisa’s adventures during her lost summer. Kelly O’Conor McNees does a brilliant job at tying together her family life and the conflict that she might have felt about being in love and feeling that she would have to either choose marriage over career or try to juggle both. McNees even touches upon the sore spot that I like many other readers had with Little Women. Why couldn’t Jo marry Laurie? I’m still not over that one.