Well, this will be a short post! I completed only four books in March, and if Emily hadn’t made a trip to the library the last week of the month, it would have been two. We visited Boulder this month, which meant four days in the car, but that does not really seem like enough of an explanation, does it?
First up is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, which I read for the Fountains of Carrots book club.
Have you ever read a book in high school or college, did not think much of it, and then read it later and were blown away? That was my experience with this book. I barely remembered it from my 20th Century Catholic Fiction class, which I took in my very last semester at Georgetown in 1989. Now I found parts of it to be some of the best pages I have ever read. Some books you really have to have some experience under your belt to understand, in my opinion. I copied some quotations into a notebook I keep and when I re-read them I get chills. Seriously, this book’s exploration of the effect of having been raised Catholic is not to be missed if you are interested in such things.
Next we have A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler, this month’s read for my in-person book club at my next door neighbor’s house.
We all HATED this book. Not that it was not interesting. Not that some parts of it are well-written. Not that we did not care about at least some of the characters. But the ending. It was just wrong. Unless you want to be wrecked and in tears, don’t read it. It is not worth it.
Emily brought me The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters, and I read it in two days.
Y’all already know how much I love the Brother Cadfael series. This one kept me guessing almost to the end.
Then I moved on to Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, which I devoured in one afternoon.
This was the last of the Wallflowers series, the story of four girls who make a pact to help each other find husbands. If you’ve never liked romance novels, you won’t like these. If you used to like them, but kind of grew out of them (as I have), you probably will enjoy them for an afternoon or two of diversion.
This month is going to be better. I should finish three Georgetown book club choices for one thing, and a couple of other books I was reading last month as well. Will I make the six book goal? That remains to be seen!
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Thanks for linking to An Open Book! I’ve read Brideshead Revisited twice – as an adult. First time, just disliked it. Second time, marginally better, although I did appreciate some of the faith aspects more. I think my biggest obstacle to enjoying it is the setting. I joke that if we could move it to the American West, I might like it more.
And then I would like it less! To each his own, right? 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting and for providing with an incentive to post regularly!