Saturday, March 06, 2021

What I've Been Reading: The February Edition

 February was a busy reading month--maybe not as busy as January though. I read some good books! Once again, I'll group them for you.

Books with high school girls as central characters

I'm not sure why I've been interested in these, and please note these are  not books FOR high school girls, but whatever. 

All Girls by Emily Layden: this is an interesting book. Each chapter is how a different girl is experiencing life at an all-girls boarding school. There's a thread tying the whole thing together (an inappropriate relationship) but there's not real plot there, unless what it is like to be a girl growing up. I liked it, but the lack of a plot might be bothersome to you.

-Girls with Bright Futures -by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman: this is a novel written in the aftermath of the "Varsity Blues" admission scandal, and talks about the lengths that some parents will go to in order for their kids to get into college. I'd like to think this is entirely fiction but it isn't. I liked it.

-We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman. This is an interesting book (I say that a lot). A young playwrite moves from NY to LA after an 'unfortunate incident' and encounters a neighbor who is a filmmaker making a documentary about a teen-age girls' fight club. It's about fame and celebrity and what we will do to get it and keep it, and I really liked this one a lot.

Mysteries: Cozies and more

-The Chalet by Catherine Cooper: this is a Ruth Ware Wanna Be book but I love Ruth Ware and this one was a pretty good wanna be. The story moves between two different time periods: two couples are sharing a chalet in the present, and two younger couples visiting the same ski area a dozen or so years earlier.  There are red herrings galore and the twist is well done. 

-Thread on Arrival by Amanda Lee. This is the third or fourth one I read, and this one had to do with a tapestry that leads to a buried treasure, a reality show, and the main character teaching a class for abused women. Yes, it is that disjointed. I think I'm done with these mysteries. 

-A Crime of a Different Stripe by Sally Goldenbaum. Man, I want to like this series so much. The stories and the mysteries are good, and the descriptions are great, but the characters are so alike, and so GOOD, and are always coming together in warm embraces that send light out to the world. I really pushed myself to finish this.

Uncategorized and these were all ok

-The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton by Catherine Alliott. This book was about family secrets and what happens when they come to light, but was written in a lighter way that I liked. I guess that makes it officially 'chick lit' but overall it was a good light read. 

-A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke. I didn't know Ethan Hawke was an author, and I liked this book. An actor cheated on his famous rock star wife and has to deal with the fallout while preparing to appear in a Broadway production of Henry IV. I liked this one a lot, although it can get a bit raunchy.  

-The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous. I don't remember this book at all so I had to go read the description on Amazon to remind me. Ah yes. This one goes back and forward in time and is all based around a house in the 'fens' in England. The present day is a 'murder mystery' game that isn't really a game. The past times are the events that led up to the reason the game is being done. Anyway, I'm not going to recommend this to you. There's a lot to follow and most of the characters are pretty unlikeable. 

That's my February book report! 


Delighted Hands said...

You have had a lot of readying done!

KSD said...

I didn't know Hawke was an author, either. Looking that one up.

Anonymous said...

Hm, there is speculation that Hawke cheated with his nanny, so that's interesting!