Somehow I’ve gone since the end of March without sitting down to write here. Not coincidentally, that was about the same time I started working from home while somehow ramping up my volunteer efforts — and everything’s always crazy at the end of the school year.
But anyhow. Now, to catch up on my reading efforts …
Book No. 7 for me this year was Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner. It’s a sequel to Good in Bed, one of her earliest hits. It was somewhat sad with a warmish ending and was reliably Jennifer Weiner-ish, if you know what I mean.
Unfortunately, I can’t say all that much specifically, though — it’s sadly been so long that not much about it is coming to mind. I must have read it mid-March or so and just never got to typing. But I had to mention it here so I can keep track of my year’s reading!
After kicking myself about that, and for spending half the summer in the car without a library book, I realized it was time to head back and get reading again.
I highly recommend my Book No. 8, The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White. It’s a thicker summer read but worth the time, especially if you enjoy southern characters.
The story dashes back and forth between town elder Sugar and young mother Merilee, who start out as landlord and renter but eventually come to realize that they’ve got a lot in common and form a friendship of sorts.
It’s set in a small Atlanta suburb called Sweet Apple that’s rife with small-town drama, including Merilee’s messy divorce, necessitating a move across town, and petty private school one-upmanship centered on the Queen Bee mom, Heather. All this excitement is documented in a blog written by an anonymous person that becomes the talk of the town.
Like most books I find worth reading, there’s a murder mystery tucked in. But it’s relegated to the last quarter of the book and it’s easy to figure out what’s happening.
It’s also a nice reminder that throughout our lives, other people are dealing with things you’re oblivious to — and you should always treat other people how you’d want to be treated.