This book is a must-read for Neil Gaiman fans. It’s a magical and sinister fairy tale about a young man who helps a distressed girl and his life is forever altered by the consequences. Even the evil characters were wonderfully drawn. I found it entertaining, strange and hard to put down.
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
This book was recommended to me by my aunt a while back and it finally came into the library this month. It is a very quick read and told from the perspective of three women jumping from the past (about 60 years ago) to present day. The realization of just what happened to Esme was very haunting and was revealed to her as it was revealed to us. Good beach read.
The First 20 Minutes
Nonfiction is not normally my thing, but I couldn’t resist a book on how to work out more efficiently. I ultimately liked this book but the end went off on an overly scientific tangent. I feel like the author should have stuck with her light-hearted approach for the entire book as her asides had me laughing out loud on several occasions. It is nice to know, however, that my getting up to take the dog outside several times a day adds up for the good!
The Paris Wife
Another book club book — this one about Hadley, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. It took a lot of self-control not to look things up online and just let the story unfold. This book is written as a novel but is based heavily on actual events in Paris in the 1930s. I was able to connect with the lead character fairly quickly but the book got to be a little boring toward the end.