Feb26

Would I Recommend The Last Bunch of Books I Read?

Categories // Books

Yes and No

A friend asked what I was reading and what would I recommend. I don't do that much. Everyone's taste is so different and I have never matched mine to someone else. She was really interested, so here is a list of the five most recent books I've read:

  • Sleigh Belles by Beth Albright
  • Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn
  • The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms
  • Lydia's Party by Margaret Hawkins
  • Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

The first one was fluff, but without a redeeming quality of interesting plot or fascinating characters. Everything worked out so well in the end there was almost no reason to read it. It wasn't offensive and I might try another book of Beth Albright's depending on what else was on the shelves that day. The second was an English cosy, a mystery set in the 1920s. I like Carola Dunn's style, her characters have a little bite and I did not guess "who dun it" too early. I look forward to seeing her books on the new book shelf at the library. The third one was the middle of the Oreo cookie, a first novel by Kelly Harris with an unusual premise, three dimensional characters and a quirky plot. While the ending tied everything up, it wasn't saccharine or formulaic. I enjoyedThe Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and look forward to more work by Kelly Harris. The fourth book I didn't care for, but I generally don't like books where the point of view jumps from character to character to character and back around again. I prefer books that pick a narrator and stick with it. The last book was a bit formulaic, a mystery, a cosy by Gail Oust. This first offering has some promise, the writing and plot may improve as she continues to practice her craft. Her characters were a little too pat, the idiotic ex-husband, the quirky best friend sidekick, the tall strong law officer, only the vet seemed as though he might grow into an interesting three dimensional character.

 

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So two out of five books, being returned to the library, were well written enough to mention in a conversation: Heirs of the Body and The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane.

Do you recommend books you read? What's your percentage?

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