If only there’d been more April showers…

…I may have got more reading done.  Not complaining, just saying.

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My month started our with The Dirty Girls Social Club.  The title promises way more than it delivers.  I was expecting Sex and the City style frankness and girl talk, but it took a more political spin that really left my head spinning much more than my views on society.  I think that it takes a special writer to craft a story told from six different points of view.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is that person.  There just didn’t seem to be enough about any one character that really grabbed me.  I wish I didn’t have to admit that because she actually has a pretty great site where you’ll also find an enjoyable blog.  After discovering that, I’m willing to give another of her titles a shot, or at least the glutton for punishment in me is.

That’s it.  I’m officially starting up the Mrs. M’s book club.  Every selection will come straight from my friend Jane‘s mom.  If I had a reading soulmate, this woman would be her.  Every single recommendation she has given me has turned out to be fantastic and I don’t hesitate to run out the minute Jane passes on a title to beg, borrow or steal my way into getting a copy immediately.

ImagedbcgiThis was the case this month when Jane left a comment telling me "My mom said that you would LOVE a book called "Losing Julia." She said it might not be your typical read, but it’s so well done that she thinks you’ll love it."  I’m not kidding when I say that I was out the door within the hour (after checking the availability at the library) to pick up my copy.  Wow.  That woman is a genius.  So is Jonathan Hull.  This, his debut novel, is phenomenal.  It’s the life story of Patrick Delaney told in three distinct parts: as an 80+ year old man on the brink of death, as the boy who fought on the front lines in The Great War (WWI) and finally as the veteran who returns to France for a memorial ten years after the fact.  It is there that he meets Julia, the love of his best friend’s life.  In a matter of days, he finds Julia and then loses her again, an event that he spends the rest of his life reliving.  It’s a great story.  Magical, but without the cheese.

Towards the end of the month, I dug into four different books, but didn’t make enough progress in any of them to even hope to say I read three books this month.  This is getting embarrassing, this lack of accomplishment on the reading front.

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8 Responses to “If only there’d been more April showers…”

  1. Jane Says:

    I am about 30 pages into the book and I am enjoying it too. I hope to finish it before I go away this friday.

  2. dawmarie Says:

    I also went out and bought that book, because Jane’s description intrigued me, but I must admit, the first few pages bored me so much I put it down a week ago, and haven’t picked it up since. I’ll try again at some point.

  3. dawmarie Says:

    oh, and I TOTALLY agree on Dirty Girls Social Club. meh.

  4. Lael Says:

    Ok,going to check those all out.
    Thanks for the reviews!

  5. Mel Says:

    I need to post about the books I read! I LOVE to read and usually average a book a week. I just finished GODS IN ALABAMA by Joshilyn Jackson and it was an awesome read. Right now I am reading THE MAN THAT LOVED JANE AUSTEN, my daughter recommended it. So far its pretty good.

    I am always looking for recommendations thanks!

  6. Courtney Says:

    I was mostly impartial to The Dirty Girl’s Social Club. I liked it, but it wasn’t a WOW book to me. It was apparently good enough though, because when I saw another one of her books for 5.99 at the bookstore, I grabbed it. So if you want to read Playing With Boys, just let me know and I’ll pass it your way. I haven’t read it yet, so no opinion. I want to look into Losing Julia, that sounds really good.

  7. Evey Says:

    I swear to God your blog hates me, I keep leaving comments and they keep dissapearing.

    Anyways, so what books you sending my way?

    Oh and Chris posted something last night on our blog that you might enjoy.

  8. Kristin Says:

    I haven’t been reading at all lately. I may need to pick up that Losing Julia book. I was riveted just by your review.

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