Hi All! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. They never seem long enough, but fortunately I really love my job. Week 40 covers October 2 – 8. I feel like I’m really caught up for once, but I had better stay ahead of the game because the next couple of months are going to be really busy.
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. I really liked the strange cover, which is how it got my attention. It is also post-apocalyptic, which I typically like. This book is pretty weird. I think you might really have to be into this genre to truly appreciate this one. Rachel is a scavenger in this new world and finds some sort of living thing somehow attached to the fur of the giant bear (forgot his name. sorry.) and brings him (it?) home where she lives with Wick who immediately wants to take it (him?) apart and study him. The story is hard to explain. It’s sort of a journey of self discovery for all of the characters. What does it mean to be a person? What is right and wrong? You’ll see what I mean. I’m giving it 4 stars.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This one was truly stunning. In this, there are so many mysteries all tied to one abandoned boarding school. The main character’s sister was found murdered on the grounds. A body is found in an old well. And there is a ghost. What really happened to all 3 of these girls? They lived decades apart and their only link is a piece of land in rural Vermont. It is historical fiction and mystery and a little bit of horror (there is a ghost, after all) all wrapped into one incredibly engaging story. I definitely recommend it. I’m giving it 5 stars.
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is Aurora Teagarden #10. I’m really glad that the author circled back to this series. I find these characters amusing and they are almost better now that they have been updated (technology changes a lot). Obviously the characters themselves haven’t aged. Which is totally fine, because who wants to age? There is a lot going on in this one. Aurora has just had a baby and is coming down with the flu just as her husband needs to go to a conference and hopefully win an award. They bring in a babysitter who subsequently disappears in the middle of the night and obviously don’t forget the dead body in the backyard. These aren’t supposed to be serious or scary, so the overabundance of plot elements works somehow. It sucked me right in and was certainly entertaining. I definitely recommend it. Read the whole series if you like this kind of thing. I’m giving it 4 stars.
And that’s it for Week 40. As always, feedback is encouraged an appreciated. I love hearing from all of you.