Here are the books that I read this month:
Rilla of Ingleside was a great book. I love historical fiction, and this story is set from right before World War One all the way through to its end. The main character, Rilla, is Anne and Gilbert’s youngest child. When I told my mom that I was going to read it, she said that it was her favorite of the books about Anne of Green Gables and her family, and she said that Rilla had always made her think of me. I was only about one chapter in at this point, and I didn’t particularly love how Rilla (who is only about to turn 15 at the beginning of the book) was so unconcerned with anything but having fun despite the approaching war. So, I obviously didn’t love hearing that at first. As I read the book though, I realized my mom wasn’t trying to insult me. I was actually kind of flattered. Rilla matures throughout the book. She takes care of a baby whose father is at war and whose mother has passed away. She raises him for three and a half years until his father returns. She starts a junior red cross group to get girls her age involved in supporting the soldiers. She writes to her brothers and friends who are fighting for four years. She is a source of comfort to her parents. She faithfully turns down all suitors while waiting on the person she has loved since childhood to return from fighting. She is a heroine. And when I got done reading the book, I wanted to hug my mama for telling me that Rilla and I had similar personalities.
I don’t know if you’ve read Nicholas Sparks books, but if not, I can tell you this: he has a habit of killing people. Usually someone you really like in the story gets killed in the end. His books are generally good for a cry. But this one was refreshingly different. I think he knew that his readers expected one of the main characters to die, because he wrote the last chapter in a way that lets you think one of them did until the last page or two. Then you realize that he (*gasp*) actually let that person live. Someone does die though. You’ll have to read it to find out who it was.
This book was a quick, fun read. It’s set in 1989 in Australia. The main character tells the story, and I found myself laughing out loud a few times, especially when she brings up Huey Lewis and The News and the song Power of Love. So funny. But the story is basically about this girl who is about 17. Her parents drop a bomb on her that Nick McGowen, a cute guy at her high school who has gone through some hard stuff and is acting out, is going to be moving in. She’s horrified, but has to deal with it. It’s all about that year and how they go from basically being strangers to being friends.
This is the second of three books about this group of friends in their fifties. It’s set in Georgia, and it’s hilarious. I have actually read the third book, and now the second, but not the first. I don’t usually do things backwards, but that’s what happened this time. Regardless, these books are funny, and if you’re from the South, you’ll like them that much more.
This was another quick read. It was okay, but not my favorite. It’s so obvious that the main characters will end up together and that the bad guy is her ex-husband and some other guy that he’s friends with…it’s really something you read more to see how they get to the end than you read because you can’t wait to see what happens.
This book was great. I really couldn’t put it down, and I think I read it in under 24 hours. I can’t wait to check out more books by Sarah Dessen, the author. The main character, Annabel, has a normal family with problems that really happen affecting them. The story isn’t depressing, but it’s very real in that life isn’t perfect nor such a tragedy. It has it’s highs and some major lows. And this book captures that really well. The characters are interesting, and the situations are believable. I don’t want to say more because it would give too much of the story out. Go read this one.
That’s it for me. Only 6 books this month. What are you reading?