2018 Reading

Title: The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Published: July 2014
Book Group: School
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kicking off the new year with a re-read for my book group. Here's the original review of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.

Title: The Little Christmas Kitchen
Author: Jenny Oliver
Length: 368 p
Published: October 2014
Book Group: no
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

It's a fun book--kind of rom-com. Kind of like Mama Mia with a holiday flair.

From the publisher:
Christmas at the Davenports’ house was always about one thing: food. But when sisters Ella and Maddy were split up, Ella to live in London with their Dad, and Maddy staying in Greece with their Mum, mince pies lost their magic.

Now, a cheating husband has thrown Ella a curved snowball…and for the first time in years, all she wants is her mum. So she heads back to Greece, where her family’s taverna holds all the promise of home. Meanwhile, waitress Maddy’s dreams of a white Christmas lead her back to London… and her Dad.

But a big fat festive life-swap isn’t as easy as it sounds! And as the sisters trade one kitchen for another, it suddenly seems that among the cinnamon, cranberries and icing sugar, their recipes for a perfect Christmas might be missing a crucial ingredient: each other.

Title: The Last Mrs. Parrish
Author: Liv Constantine
Length: 400 p
Published: October 2017
Book Group: no
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a fast-paced, can't put down book. I didn't like the materialism, it was way over the top. I don't think it's a mystery-thriller but it is a twisty book. Very entertaining.

From the publisher:
Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

Title: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Author: Sherman Alexie
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Published: July 2017
Book Group: no
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A touching, yet difficult memoir. There’s poetry, prose, and song. It’s pieced together as a quilt is. 

Title: Autumn
Author: Ali Smith
Length: 272 p
Published: February 2017
Book Group: no
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this book. It’s beautifully written but I have no idea what it’s about. Part of a series of seasonal books. I can’t decide if I want to read more. It’s nothing I’ve read before, playing with time—so it’s fluid.