October books


So this is life with a toddler. Reading goal: out the window. Sewing: ha ha! I really think it’s one of those things that people tell you, but you can’t fully understand it until you experience it. The energy! The constant motion! The curiosity! The getting into trouble!

But you know, that’s okay. I’m raising a human. I’ll read 100 books another year. And for now, I’ll share with you the books I did read.

Lady Susan by Jane Austen. Um, hilarious! Austen at her finest. I believe this was one of her earlier, and sillier, books. It is made up of a collection of letters between Lady Susan and her friends, and her in-laws and their family and friends. Lady Susan is a recent widow with a daughter of marrying age. She will stop at nothing to get her daughter (and herself) married to someone with a respectable title and money. Her attempts have done nothing but frustrate her in-laws and destroy other peoples’ relationships. She can’t seem to figure out why… The movie for this book (called “Love and Friendship”) just came out and I really want to see it now.

The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler. I got this out of the library because of the title. We love Amlfi (obviously) and so why not read a book that takes place there? I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, possibly because it took place in a village outside of Amalfi THAT DOESN’T EXIST. Sorry for yelling. Also, the main character’s name was Lamour, which annoyed me. Anyway. Lamour’s husband had died in an accident two years before, and when she discovered the truth behind that accident, it made her what to find out the truth behind the accident that had taken her father’s life 17 years before. As a child, she had lived with her author father in Italy, and he stayed behind to write when she returned to American to go to school. Her current pilgrimage to Italy, and the decision to stay in her father’s house in Amalfi, led her to discover that her father’s death wasn’t quite what it seemed. I didn’t love this book. It was cute, exciting at the end, but the main character was kind of whiny, and the Italian characters didn’t seem very realistic. I’ll give it a C+.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. I love this book. Sophie Kinsella is so funny in that British chick lit author way, and it’s hard to put her books down. As a result of a bad plane ride, Emma shares all her secrets with the man sitting next to her on the plane, who turns out to be Jack Ross, owner of the company Emma works for. He promises to keep her secrets, and they realize that really knowing a person is great and an excellent relationship starter. After a couple not-so-great dates, Jack accidentally shares too much of Emma’s secrets… on tv. Can Emma forgive him and move on? Or do they realize it’s better to just know somebody and not keep secrets? Great book, I highly recommend it! When I finished this book, I had a really hard time deciding what to read next. See: book hangover.

I am currently reading Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse.

Yearly book total: 10


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