Saturday, November 19, 2011

These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf

Date Started: 11/11/11
Date Finished: 11/12/11

One-Word Summary: Meh

I wandered into a Barnes & Noble with my husband and, after not being in a book store in ages, was overcome with the desire to buy a book. This was the one I chose, based on the intriguing inside flap:

Allison Glenn tried to hide what happened that night...and failed. The consequence? A prison sentence. Now she's free. But secrets have a way of keeping you locked up. 

Grabs your interest, right? Well...

Here is the TOTAL spoiler of the entire book.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Meaning of Night: A Confession - Michael Cox

Date Started: 10/27/11
Date Finished: 11/10/11

One-Word Summary: Victorian

I'm not sure if it is evidenced by this blog but I really enjoy Victorian writing. There is an elegance to novels written in the 1800s, and they're so detailed that they transport you to a world (most often London!) that time has passed by. I find these books mesmerizing. So this contemporary book, written in the style of the 19th Century, immediately piqued my interest.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato

Date Started: 10/20/11
Date Finished: 10/27/11

One-Word Summary: Venice!

I decided to read this book because I was about to visit Venice for the first time and thought this book would set the mood for my arrival. It definitely did that: Venice comes alive in this book, which was split between present day and the 1600s when glassblowing was at its height and Corradino Manin ruled the art.