Saturday, May 14, 2011

Recent Reads...

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett




Summary: "The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies' maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families' homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell - but it is so much more than just stories." - From amazon.com

My Thoughts: This book is super popular right now, and I liked it. I didn't LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I like the historical context and the different characters but for some reason the end wasn't satisfying to me. I can't really put my finger on it, it just wasn't.

2. The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee



Summary: "Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware ("Frede" to her friends) is a 28-year-old extremely moneyed member of the "tr├Ęs exclusive" Junior League of Willow Creek, Tex., and lives her life according to unwritten club rules about fashion and etiquette. So when her husband, Gordon, has an affair, steals her family money and flees the country, Frede wants to keep the disaster quiet to maintain her elite status. The only person in town she can turn to is her tactless neighbor, Howard Grout, who agrees to be her lawyer if Frede gets his wife, Nikki, who is far from a charming Southern belle, into the Junior League. As Frede sands down Nikki's gaudy edges, she learns a few simple lessons about life (paramount among them is that money doesn't buy love and happiness). Howard, meanwhile, proves to be a formidable attorney and follows Gordon's money trail all the way to a satisfyingly vengeful ending." - From Amazon.com

My thoughts: This book was super fun and enjoyable. Perfect for beach reading, perfect for us southern women! The characters are lovable and all in all one of my favorites out of the bunch.

3. Into the Storm by Reed Timmer



Summary: "Long before he was one of the stars of the TV series Storm Chasers, Timmer was no stranger to the thrill and danger of storm chasing. Ever since he was in college in the late 1990s, studying meteorology, he was drawn to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other big-weather phenomena. This book, which will unavoidably remind some readers of the movie Twister, is a mixture of autobiography and edge-of-your-seat adventure. Timmer tells us with almost breathless enthusiasm about tracking Hurricane Floyd as it approached the U.S. in 1999; about following Katrina in 2005 and helping its victims in the aftermath; and about, in 2000, barely escaping a potentially lethal hailstorm. " - From Amazon.com

My Thoughts: Ehhhh, this book was just o-kay. The reader of the audiobook sounded like a robot and there was more science-y things than personal stories which I wasn't expecting. I know this seems like a weird choice for me but I am a weather nerd. Unless you are a weather nerd too, you wouldn't be interested in this book. Even as a weather nerd I was wanting it to be over.

4. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin



Summary: "Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself."

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book although I would have liked to see more resolution between Darcy and Rachel in the end. I usually can figure out the end of the book about halfway through but I was wrong in this book and loved the twist at the end! Great for beach reading or anytime reading!

5. Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson



Summary: "The biological daughter of poor, scared teenager Hazel Crabtree, Nonny Frett was left at birth with the wealthy, respectable Frett clan—a secret that doesn't keep long in a rural Georgia town of 90 people. Growing up at the center of a Crabtree-Frett feud begun by her birth, Nonny is caught between her biological family and her adopted one, between contempt for her philandering husband and the comfort of marriage, between an apartment in Athens, Ga., and her childhood home, Between. When a Doberman belonging to Nonny's biological grandmother Ona Crabtree attacks Nonny's adopted mom, deaf and blind Stacia Frett, and Stacia's twin sister, Genny, the families' dormant "war" awakens. " - from Amazon

My Thoughts: I loved the mother characters in this book and the storyline. The resolution was satisfying and the story interesting. Overall a good read.

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