Ahh summer, the perfect time to read a great book…..of course every season is the perfect time to read a book! In the summer however you can read outside and work on your tan at the same time. Vitamin D and nutrition for your mind! Since I haven’t posted anything in several months I am going to do some quick reviews of a few of my favorite books from this summer. And may I just say how much I love that great site Goodreads? I can finally keep track of the books I am reading in one easy location and go back to refresh my memory on what they were about! If you read extensively and don’t have a Goodreads account, you need to get one right now. ……….Seriously, go create one before you read any further! Ok! Now that we all have Goodreads accounts, on to the reviews!
The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves #2) by P.G. Wodehouse
This was my first introduction to PG Wodehouse, the book was a gift from Salamander for my birthday (yay birthdays and people who give you books as presents!). Wodehouse is now one of my favorite authors and I am simply sad that I never read his work before. Jeeves is the valet of a rich young man about town by the name of Bertie Wooster, in London’s early 1900s society. Jeeves is the most capable man who ever lived. He can cure a hangover and help Bertie’s friends solve their love life problems, all in the same chapter! Bertie is portrayed as the quintessential young English gentleman whose high jinks and naiveté keep the reader charmed throughout the entire story. I would definitely recommend any Jeeves book to everyone who enjoys English high society and a wicked sense of humor.
Rating: 5 stars Level 3: MC
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
I have joined the Harry Potter party rather late; this was my first time with either the book or the movie. Thanks once again to Salamander for helping me expand my horizons. I have fallen in love with the world J.K. Rowling created. The humor throughout the book is so real it kept me laughing out loud and I can’t wait to see what adventures Harry and his friends fall into next.
Rating: 5 stars Level: E
Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen
This is one of my favorite series. It follows Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, aka Georgie, a minor royal who is 34th in line for the throne of England as she struggles to keep up appearances and keep from starving. She may be a royal but that doesn’t mean she has a great deal of spending money….hardly any at all in fact, she is what is known as a penniless heiress. After all, a royal title is only good for so much. The stories are set in the 1920s & 1930s and they reflect the flapper lifestyle that was so popular at the time and the poor economy and the fact that many royal families were no longer as rich as they used to be. Georgie is always managing to find herself in situations where a crime has been committed or she has been asked to prevent one from happening. While helping solve these crimes and making sure they don’t get leaked to the press and cause embarrassment to the queen who would NOT be amused, Georgie has time to fall in love with a dashing highly unsuitable Irishman named Darcy O’Mara. As for the rest……you’ll have to pick up the books to find out! I highly recommend reading them in order although they can be understood as a standalone. I also recently found out, due to Goodreads, that the 10th book was released this year! I can’t wait until the library has it.
Rating: 4.5 Level: ABRA
The Midwife and the Assassin (Midwife Mysteries #4) by Sam Thomas
This was a random find at the library that intrigued me when I read the synopsis, although to be honest my decision to read it has a lot to do with the main character having the same first name as me. The book is set in 1649 in London, England. (Obviously I enjoy books set in London) The midwife is coerced by the powers that be to travel to London and work as a spy. Apparently this is something she has practice with but since I haven’t read the first 3 books I don’t know the particulars. As a midwife she has the perfect cover for traveling around the city at all hours and hearing secrets a normal lady would not be privy to. Through the course of many events she solves a few murders only to be faced with another that leaves her even more confused. My only complaint was that some of the conversations and actions did not seem congruent with the time period. However that also led to my favorite parts of the book when the characters would discuss women’s rights and how a new day was dawning. I could only chuckle and think “just wait a few centuries.” I don’t want to say anything more for fear of spoiling the book for anyone who might decide to read it! Overall it was a very enjoyable read and one that I would recommend.
Rating: 4 Level: ABRA
The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and its tragic tale. This book takes place in Ireland 1912 and Chicago 1982. Maggie leaves her home in Ireland to start a new life in America, setting sail on the Titanic. She survives and goes on to become the matriarch of an extensive family, living to see her great grandchildren. Grace is Maggie’s great-granddaughter whom Maggie decides to entrust with her story of the Titanic. Although the ending will seem obvious there was a revelation that even surprised me.
Rating: 4.5 Level: MC
Hope this gives you some inspiration for your to-be-read shelf!
Until next time,