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What I’m Reading: April 2019

I’m not sure if y’all should even trust my reading opinions, as I just got an email informing me that the book that I suggested to my very conservative book club is filled with profanity. Attached were links to newspaper articles that summed up the true story instead. Whoops. (The book was Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French, in case you were wondering.)

When I finished Pride and Prejudice in all its many forms, I was left with a period drama sized hole in my heart. As I searched “BBC” on Amazon Prime, I came across Middlemarch. I had heard of it before, but never read it and decided to give it a try. Of course, I wanted to read it before I watched the mini-series. It took me about two hundred pages to get into the story, but then I was completely hooked. I think this may now be one of my top ten books. The point of view switches frequently, which is fairly uncommon for novels I’ve read from this era. The ability to see from Mr. Ladislaw’s perspective was wonderful. You were better able to get a sense of how much he truly loved Dorothea, instead of him just being a handsome man in a corner. I would recommend this to anyone who loves period dramas.

I love Neil Gaiman, but I love David Tennant more. That is how Good Omens rocketed up my “to-read” list once I saw that Amazon was making an adaptation starring David Tennant as Crowley. The humor here reminds me quite a bit of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is one of my favorite books. That dry English humor is very present here. In one scene, a busybody neighbor is walking his dog and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse drive up on their motorcycles and ask directions, followed by the preteen Anti-Christ and his gang of friends, a woman possessed by an angel straddled by a crazy old man on a scooter, and then a demon driving a flamed out 1926 Bentley held together by sheer will. In turn, he gives each of them directions and then thinks of the letters he will write to the local newspaper complaining about hooligans out and about on the roads. I laughed out loud many times and am looking forward to May 31st!

This book is the product of my husband’s obsessive entering of the Penguin Random House book giveaways every week. He finally won after months of entering and we received The Missing Years in the mail, along with a note kindly asking us to review it, so here we are. I was skeptical, as I usually am of free things, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I don’t think I would ever read it again, but it would make a great vacation read. I usually pride myself on being able to see twists and mystery endings, but if I hadn’t accidentally opened to an end page without an ability to stop myself from skimming, I would not have seen this ending coming. Also, it’s set in Scotland, so it’s full of Scottish dialect, which I love (see above.)

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