A few more books

So I continue to be on a roll when it comes to reading. Maybe I should actually do the adult winter reading program at the Marshall-Lyon County Library?

The reading program begins in January and runs through the end of March. According to the library’s website there’s two ways to play: reading or listening to 10 books of your choice and filling out a 10-book reading log, or completing a six-book monthly challenge log with a new challenge being available each month. The first way sounds doable, and I’ve already finished one book this month.

Well the book I finished was not “Prairie Fires,” the latest offering about Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s the kind of book you can’t just breeze through. There’s a lot of historical detail. It probably won’t necessarily stick with me, but it’s been interesting. The author even uses little pieces from Grace Ingalls’ diary and talks about details I never knew about the family. Perhaps it’s time to get reading “Pioneer Girl.” It’ll have to be after the book club book and others.

As for the first book of 2018 I completed, it was Kristan Higgins’ new book “Now That You Mention It.” It’s about a doctor, Nora, who hasn’t been back to her hometown, an island community in Maine, in 15 years. She has a distant mother, her younger sister is in prison and her teen niece has issues of her own. After getting hit by a car and having her boyfriend flirt with another doctor while she was barely conscious from the accident, she decides to take a leave of absence and head back to Maine. But everything’s not all hunky-dory, especially as Nora revisits parts of her past, including a father who abandoned the family.

Speaking of other books…I went ahead and checked out another e-book (like I don’t have enough to read already). I had put it on my wish list for the Plum Creek Digital Library System (mainly so I wouldn’t forget the title or not be able to find it as more books are added to the system). This week’s selection is “Close Enough to Touch” by Colleen Oakley. It’s about a young woman, Jubilee, who is allergic to other people — any contact could kill her. After being basically cut off financially by her stepfather, she decides to leave the house, something she hasn’t done for nine years, and get a job and live life. The other main character, Eric, is divorced, his teen daughter isn’t speaking to him and his adopted godson is a little bit troubled. In the novel, Eric and Jubilee meet at the library (where she gets a job). I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I’m enjoying the quirky little book.

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