Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Maureen
Date posted: July 31, 2019
I was heading out for a sailing vacation and realized that my library books were due before I would be back. I tried to renew but they all had holds on them. No time to go to the library, (my local branch is only open Wednesdays and Saturdays). Dilemma!
I checked our mini library on the boat. We had two YA books; two Margaret Atwood books that I had already read; a mid-life crisis novel that my husband had read and discussed with me and told me what happened in the end; a book on Reiki; a Liane Moriarty novel, and a mystery that I liked the sound of but didn’t like the front cover.
I started with Liane Moriarty’s The Last Anniversary. I had read a couple of her books and they were entertaining with a few twists in the plot that kept me turning the pages. Half way through this one, I was bored. I kept going anyway because, well, you know, I didn’t have much to choose from. I liked most of the characters some of the time and at times the story was engaging.
Next up was All Four Stars by Tara Dairman. It’s about an 11-year-old foodie named Gladys. She loves to cook but her parents think she should be doing regular kid things rather than making gourmet meals. The story starts with flaming curtains caused by a blowtorch and an attempt to make the perfect custard. A fun and delicious read for me but apparently geared for ages 8-12.
The last book of the trip was Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, a beautiful story about family, tragedy, love, and determination. The main character, Maud, is in her eighties and has dementia. She is trying to solve two mysteries; the disappearance of her sister, who vanished shortly after World War II; and the disappearance of her elderly friend Elizabeth who isn’t at her house anymore. How do you solve a mystery when you keep forgetting you’re trying to solve a mystery? This writer crosses genres and does it well.
On the last day of the trip we headed into Gibsons for breakfast. I was almost finished my book and was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have something to read that day. We happened upon a second -hand bookstore and I picked up The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. I had read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, (the companion novel), a few summers ago and loved it. I’m only a few chapters in but this one promises to be as good.
Hope your summer is going well. May the books you choose take you to places that you never imagined!