Friday, May 2, 2014

April reading round-up

Okay, so I sorta chose this because of the cover. It actually has a "bite" taken out of it...just don't tell my class I chose a book based on the cover, ok? In my defense, the story did sound interesting. It's about a rat who was born and spends his life in a bookstore in Boston in the 1960s. The literary junky in my loved the idea of a rat who can read and thrives on the stories he devours (literally and figuratively). Eventually, Firmin begins to explore the world outside the shop and learns about the hard life outside the rich imagined world his reading has allowed him to create. At times the book was a bit depressing or even dark, but was a quick and interesting read. I learned tons about an era in Boston and how one of the city's most well known areas, City Hall Plaza was created. Honestly, not sure what I really think of this one, dark, sweet, about a rat who reads...jury is still out, but if you're curious give it a try.

I just love this series, this is the 14th installment and they are just fun reads. I feel like I am in Botswana from the beautiful descriptions the author uses. In this installment, Mma Ramotswe takes on two new cases. One from a lawyer who thinks the heir of a big estate is a fraud and another by the owner of a salon who wants to know the reason behind her sudden string of bad luck. Not only does she have 2 new cases, but Mma Makutsi is now a mom and has her own family issues to deal with in the wake of her baby boy's arrival. The cases were interesting this time. I usually get a good sense of what the resolution would be and was working hard to solve one of them the whole book. I just adore these books, so sweet, genuine, and a lovely peek into a totally different part of the world. Highly recommend this series, but start with number 1 since many story lines carry over from one book to the next. 

6 thoughts on the matter:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

I've wanted to try that series. I will put it on my 'to read' list! I love the idea of book with a bite out of it. Your secret is safe with me. ;)

Pride In Photos said... {Reply}

Hello my friend, I love when you do a book series post...books are so important in my life. I have been wanting to try the McCall series, but hadn't heard anything about them...so I have always passed the opportunity up. Now on my list....thanks.Happy Friday to you.

Pride In Photos said... {Reply}

Hello my friend, I love when you do a book series post...books are so important in my life. I have been wanting to try the McCall series, but hadn't heard anything about them...so I have always passed the opportunity up. Now on my list....thanks.Happy Friday to you.

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

Oh I love the creativity of the cover and the missing bite. I'd pick up the book just because of that too.

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

When my daughter came home Easter weekend I had the book you sent me on my island and when I started to tell her about it, she said she had already spied it and thought it looked so interesting! She took it with her back to school. I keep forgetting to ask her how she is liking it! xo

Nicki said... {Reply}

I don't judge on how you select a book to read - I think we've all be there and done that.