Book #37 of the year was The Bride's Farewell, by Meg Rosoff. The challenges the characters in this book face remind me of Dickens, but without the upward mobility. Life is always going to be tough for these people, but they are going to find ways, perhaps unconventional ones, to be happy anyway.
Book #38 was a re-read, Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor. I first read this back in February 2016 while I was visiting my daughter in college. I read a copy from the college library, and thought at the time that I wanted to read it again, so when I saw it on sale for Kindle, I downloaded it. "It is sometimes hard," writes Taylor, "to tell whether you are being killed or saved by the hands that turn your life upside down." She's describing an experience helping a huge loggerhead turtle that has become disoriented by the lights on the shore and isn't able to find her way back into the ocean. There's so much to ponder in this beautiful book.
Book #39 was The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue. My daughter liked this better than Donoghue's previous book, Room. I didn't, but it was a fascinating read. It's the story of Lib, an English nurse who's been hired to watch Anna, an eleven year old Irish girl who is apparently surviving without eating anything at all. The people around Anna find her a miracle, but Lib, with the scientific training she has received from Florence Nightingale, is more skeptical.
Book #40 was Enthusiasm, by Polly Shulman. Yet another Austen spinoff, this one was a fun, quick read.
This post is linked to the June 2017 Quick Lit at Modern Mrs. Darcy and the June 17th Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon.
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