Archive for October, 2013

October 24th, 2013

Back on the Horse-Reviews in Miniature

by Gwen



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This has been the year of major change for me; new house, new job, new city, new roommate, and finally, somewhat of a new attitude.  One thing that I didn’t leave behind was my love of reading or my laziness towards reviewing:)



Books I Have Loved So Far This Year

  • Mother  This book messed with my mind like…I don’t know what.

Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.
Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.

I really got into Lynn Shepherd and loved these.

Likeness Manfield House

On looking back, it’s like I fell into a rabbit hole of historical fiction, so include this great series..

gods Seven

There was a bit of grand non-fiction as well, but let’s save that for a new post now that I have broken the ice.