A quick look at books I’ve been reading recently. (I read zero books last month because evidently my pregnant brain needed a break.) What’s on your bookshelf these days?
Where’d You Go, Bernadette / Maria Semple
This was a popular book club pick over the past couple of years, and I can see why. I found the story to be lightly enjoyable and totally quirky. A fast, funny read about prep-school moms, Microsoft corporate culture and the city of Seattle.
The Peach Keeper / Sarah Addison Allen
A lyrical tale of southern friendships and coming home again, woven in with a bit of mystery. I found some of the characters to be less believable than preferred, but overall, a nice little read. From reviews, it seems like other novels from Allen might be a better pick.
Inescapable / Nancy Mehl
A predictable but sweet “bonnet book.” Nothing overly original here, but a decent read. The “does my father love me?” question is woven with themes of grace and redemption. Note: I listened to this on audio book and found the voice of the daughter to be highly grating. Would recommend reading the actual book instead.
Seating Arrangements / Maggie Shipstead
Charming enough, but overly WASPY. “The whitest book I read all year,” wrote one reviewer, and I can’t disagree. I like Shipstead’s writing style and character development, I think, but the story just didn’t do anything for me.
Clapham Lights / Tom Canty
Many novels that I read feature female protagonists, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story of male friendship and misadventures. I found the writing to be funny and sharp, and loved the depictions of life in young professional middle class Britain.