Book Thirty

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

Does anyone remember when I became a Rome Library celebrity? It was such a fantastic day. I won one week’s prizes during the Adult Summer Reading Program that included several XL tshirts, wine glasses, pens, earbuds, plastic cups, Twilight bracelets, and a couple of books. I felt like a true celebrity and still consider it one of my greatest achievements.

That tote full of goodies included a Nicholas Sparks book (which I promptly gave away) and this book by Louise Penny. I found out halfway through that I was reading the middle of a several-book series based around this Chief Inspector Gamache. There were two plot lines: a murder mystery that got a little lost in the midst of the drama surrounding the secondary plot about huge bridges and tunnels in Seattle collapsing. The secondary plot made such an impression on me that I think twice before driving through the Big Dig in Boston during rush hour. Seeing the dismal lights, cracks, and water stains along those tunnel walls makes me a little terrified now.

Needless to say, I think Louise Penny did a halfway decent job, but I wouldn’t highly recommend this unless you’re already invested in the series.


Goodreads rating: 4.41/5

My rating: 3/5 stars

Days read: July 26 – July 27

Recommend: not really