Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. I really loved this book. It’s a memoir that covers marriage, parenting and aging and it just made me feel better about life. Family life seemed both real (ie, sometime stressful and annoying) and yet, ultimately rewarding and good, and she made aging sound really appealing, which not many folks do.
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf. This was a really interesting look at our Founding Fathers through the lens of agriculture. It was an interesting look at both the men who lead our country in its earliest years and in the development of agriculture in this country.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. This book surprised me, which not many books do. It tells the story of Jacob de Zoet, a clerk for the Dutch East Indies company who, in 1799 when the book opens, is beginning a 5-year tour of duty on the island on Dejima off the coast of Japan. I don’t want to say more, because I don’t want to give away any of the surprise, but the book is work reading.
Just Patty by Jean Webster. This was a free Kindle download, so I decided to give it a try. I love Webster’s book, Daddy Long Legs, and this was not as good, but it was still a quick, amusing read about girls at a boarding school in the early 1900s. Nothing brilliant, but enjoyable.
Terrier by Tamora Pierce. My aunt, a retired High School librarian, recommended this one and I always listen when she makes recommendations! This is a fantasy novel about a trainee Dog (law enforcement officer) trying to solve a series of murders. This is the start of a new series and I’ll definitely be checking out the sequels.
Savvy by Ingrid Law. My neighbor told me about this book years ago and I finally got around to reading it. It’s a YA novel about a family whose members get a “Savvy”, a special skill, when they turn 13. Mibs is about to turn 13 and can’t wait to find out her Savvy when her father is in a car accident, throwing everything out of whack. Another good read.