Book Day! It seems like a really long time since I read these books. As I was looking over my GoodReads I couldn't believe some of these were February books because they seem so long ago. And every month I say that I'm going to update this throughout the month as I finish books so that my impressions are fresh but yet again I have failed to do so... Ah well - You do the best you can!
As usual I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!
1) Faithful by Alice Hoffman. 3.5/5 stars. The first chapter of this book was so grim I didn't think I'd make it through, but things picked up and I liked it quite a bit overall. After a tragic accident in high school that destroys her best friend's future, Shelby is overcome by deep survivor's guilt that threatens to ruin her own life as well. This is the story of Shelby's search for redemption and meaning as she follows a wavering path back to herself.
2) The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. 4.5/5 stars. I really liked this book. It is really sad but also funny at times and heartwarming. It's about a the friendships between a 104-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy, and the boy's father. While I'm not sure it's entirely believable that anyone could be quite so spry and sharp at age 104 as Ona... Her character, along with that of the boy, are delightful.
3) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. 4/5 stars. See HERE for more comments about this book and hygge in general. Overall this is a nice introduction to the Danish concept of hygge.
4) I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. 3/5 stars. I have many thoughts about this book but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else so... Please comment or email me to discuss! This genre of book - the thriller with a surprise twist - isn't my favorite at all but sometimes I just have to read the book everyone is talking about so that I'm not left out. I definitely recommend this book if you like the genre. The first big twist at the halfway point is very well done - I didn't see it coming at all! The second half... It's more gripping and fast-paced than the beginning, but I did guess the final whodunit, and I did not enjoy the chapters from the perspective of the husband at all.
5) Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein. 3.5 stars. As Swede gets older I've started to become more aware and more careful about the various potential pitfalls and difficulties inherent in growing up female in this day and age. I feel like the world is so different than when I was a child. This book is alternately fascinating and terrifying as the author explores Disney princesses, American Girl dolls, beauty pageants, the effect of various marketing schemes, and social media.
6) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 4/5 stars. I love a good rom-com now and then! This one is about the dueling personal assistants to the co-CEOs of a publishing company. Josh and Lucy hate each other, except... Maybe they don't. Yes - It's predictable and silly. But it's also cute and fun.
That's all! Please let me know what you think if you've read any of these books, and I am always open to suggestions!