Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What I read in July

Sadly, July's books all rated 3 stars (good) or worse. Here's hoping for more inspired reading in August!

Click the title of each book to read my review.

The Gilded Chamber : A Novel of Queen EstherThe Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn, 3 out of 5 stars.
If you enjoyed The Red Tent, you might enjoy this story of Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from destruction. Kieran was in a play about Queen Esther in early July; that's why I read this book.

Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering by Meredith Baxter, 3 out of 5 stars.Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering
Meredith Baxter, star of TV movies and the classic family sitcom, "Family Ties," writes about her lack of mothering, three troubled marriages, parenting, drug use and alcoholism, bout with breast cancer, and eventually, her coming out as a lesbian.

The Midwife's Confession, by Diane Chamberlain, 2 out of 5 stars.The Midwife's Confession
I should have quit this book when I saw where it was headed. I do not recommend this--it was a waste of my time. Kind of like eating potato chips while watching a bad made-for-TV movie and pondering why you did that.

Take it Like a MomTake It Like a Mom, by Stephanie Stiles, 1 out of 5 stars.
After reading The Midwife's Confession all the way to the end right before this book (and feeling disappointed), I decided to give up on Take It Like a Mom on page 59. Did not like.
Letter to My DaughterLetters to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, 3 out of 5 stars.
This book (our July book club selection) felt like Angelou had taken her (imaginary) daughter out for dinner and was sharing her sage thoughts about life. Lyrical but simple.
Operation Bonnet: A Novel by Kimberly Stuart, 3 out of 5 stars. Operation Bonnet
Nellie Monroe is a bit of an odd duck--she is naive but bright and spunky and doesn't fit in very well in her small Ohio town. She also desperately wants to be a private investigator. So when a former Amish man, Amos, asks her to find out whether his long-lost love, Katie, is going to marry another man, Nellie jumps at the chance to go undercover. 


  1. Wow, it is fascinating how different readers see books...and how one person's cup of tea is another's salty brine.

    I LOVED The Midwife's Confession and enjoyed Untied, as well.


  2. It is fascinating, isn't it? I've recommended many a book to friend only to find that she doesn't like it. (Actually, one friend in particular...I suppose our tastes vary too much.)

    I liked Untied (3 stars=liked), but just felt the Midwife's Confession didn't hold together very well.