This month was a little slower than January… partly because the lack of snow days and partly because Leo Tolstoy drained my soul.
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (Book Club 1)
This book irritated me so much… I hardly even want to talk about it right now. It took me 2 months to get through (and even then I was only 450 pages in…) I actually stopped reading it for a bit, and read a different book just to make sure that I still loved reading. It dampened my soul that much. And as it turned out, I still love reading, just not Anna Karenina.
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
When Ninja died someone told us that it was alright because dogs don’t really have souls anyway… I would like to recommend this book to that person. Although it is impossible to know what dogs are thinking, and why they do the things they do, this book warms my heart by giving a dog’s perspective of what it is like to live a life of loyalty, love and unconditional compassion. That’s all I can say without crying (again…).
The Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick
I read a bunch of really good reviews about this book and was curious to see what all the hype was about. The Reliable Wife takes place in the early 1900’s in Wisconsin and is based on a woman who answers a “want ad” for a wife. It takes a ton of dark, twisted turns and was quite a bit more racy than I expected. I don’t think this was the best book I have ever read, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. There were a few times that I felt like the author had some references that would not have been appropriate for the early 1900’s, but other than that I have no complaints.
Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
This book is the life story of Walls’s grandmother, Lily Casey. I first fell in love with the Walls when I read The Glass Castle. I love the way that she tells stories and makes every situation (good or bad) turn into a life lesson. The life of her grandmother, Lily is incredible. She was a hard working rancher, an independent woman, a passionate teacher, a loyal wife and a realistic mother. I love stories about family, and the different dynamics that make a family function and this book was no exception.
March is finally here… warmer weather and spring break! Woohoo! More reading hopefully this month!