reporteraliza (reporteraliza) wrote,

#41, 42, 43, 44 - Almost done!

I have to read a book a day to finish the 50, but I am very close and can almost taste it!

#41 is Good Grief by Lolly Winston. I liked it even more than her sophomore novel, Happiness Sold Separately. It's really touching if you or someone you care about has suffered a major loss. I like that much of the novel takes place in a bakery. I love books whose settings involve cooking and baking. I am really happy that the author made the journey towards self-actualization about more than getting the guy - she writes in an interview at the back of the book,  "I wanted a character other than a new man to come into Sophie's life and be her "happily ever after."
Definitely worth reading.

#42 is Sanditon by Jane Austen and another lady. Jane Austen died in the middle of writing this book, and this is the first completion of the novel. Unlike a couple of the books I read this year by Joan Aiken and other people, it sounds a lot like Jane. The thing about Jane Austen's novels is that as much as I love them, they can be tremendously repetitive and predictable. In a good way. The other woman who finishes this novel writes an entire justification for her choices. You can like them or hate them, but they do sound like the next best thing to Jane herself. You should read it only if you're a Janeite but not a Jane purist.

#43 is The Number by Lee Eisenberg. I realized one chapter into this book that it's not really for people under 30. It's really interesting in some parts because it's about lifestyle choices and not just about money. There are some really good resources in here for everyone who has no idea what the future holds. I'm glad I read it.

#44 is Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson. I really like these stories although sometimes they're a bit confusing. The stories are different, separated in time and space, yet often linked by common characters. I think I'd need to read it again to fully "get it". Props to anyone who loves "Buffy", though.

Crossposted to 50bookchallenge
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