The Help, Kathryn Stockett
I was fortunate to find this one in a charity shop. I had been eyeing it on Amazon for months. I'm glad I waited because I didn't find it anywhere near as wonderful as it's many reviewers did. It is a good story, from the viewpoint of black servants. Bravely attempted by a white writer. I think she did a pretty good job, imh(white)o. The secondary story, a romance, is really poor. I did enjoy the novel as a very light read, I just wouldn't recommend it at full price.
The Forgotton Garden, Kate Morton
I enjoyed this one very much. It's a tale to immerse yourself in purely for the pleasure of losing oneself in a good story. Mystery, romance, loss, ghosts, three time periods, the meaning of family. Set in Australia and England, and best of all (for me), ultimately on the Cornish coast. It has it's flaws but it's a very good Summer read methinks.
Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho
Quite horrid. Begins well enough, but it descends into this pseudo-philosophical-psycho-babble-sex-manual-romance travesty. This was my first Coelho, so I will give him another go with something completely different. His writing style is mediocre but readable enough. Just need to find a good story of his. I know The Alchemist was a best seller.
Grumpy Cat, Britta Teckentrup
A very simple tale and simply illustrated. A grumpy cat is a really a lonely cat, and is befriended by a kitten. Not a favourite but nice if you find it in the library or on sale.
The Cow That Laid an Egg , Andy Cutbill
Marjorie feels unspecial, compared to her hand-standing, bike-riding cow friends. So the kind chickens help out by making it seem she laid an egg. She becomes famous and the egg finally hatches. Will she be caught out? Quite amusing. My girl loves cows and eggs cracking open, so she enjoys this. I think the illustrations would be better appreciated by over 3s.
Monkey Puzzle, Julia Donaldson
I've seen this on many Amazon lists and never bought it because the descriptions were so vague. It turns out it's a sweet story about a monkey looking for his mother. A butterfly tries to help but keeps finding the wrong mamas. My girl loves most mother-child type stories, as well as animals, so this is a hit. Wish I had found it when she was younger.
Scarface Claw, Lynley Dodd
She loves the Slinky Malinki series, so I was happy to find this at the library. This one brings out the 'villian' of the original for his own spot in the limelight. He isn't afraid of anything, but himself! I will end up buying it because she'll have it re-read as much as the others.
Read anything good last month?