What I Read: November 2016

What I Read November 2016

 

The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2)

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Rating: 4 Stars

Review: I enjoyed this quick little story. It is nice to read one of these every few novels.

The Girls

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Rating: 5 Stars

Review: I absolutely loved this novel. I am kicking myself for waiting months to get it from the library instead of just buying it, considering the glowing reviews that my friends were giving it. Do yourself a favor and buy this. If you’ve ever been a teenage girl/woman navigating the dating scene or interacting with men in the workplace or really men in general, so much of this novel will resonate with you. Cline’s observations are spot on. Her thoughts are beautifully woven into an interesting tale of a 1970s cult and murder.

Elizabeth Is Missing

elizabeth-is-missingRating: 3 Stars

Review: I started reading this because I was in the mood for a thriller, which is a genre that I have not read and I have while. This is a touching and sad story, it is not a thriller. It’s a good book, but it would not be one of the first that I would recommend to my friends. If you are in avid reader who reads widely and is running low on things to pick up, then pick this up.

I was definitely disappointed because it had been on my list for you while and someone on MMD’s podcast said it was one of their current favorite novels, so I was expecting something a little more spectacular.

Scrappy Little Nobody

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: So funny! The reading guide at the end was a treat! I listened to the audible version that Kendrick read herself, which made it even better! I could write an entire post on this book, but I don’t want to give away the good parts. Just read it.

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener(Agatha Raisin #3)

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Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Loved this little book. I can’t quite remember, but I think it has a different ending than the TV show, which I watched first, so that was even better.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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Rating: 5 Stars

Review: Do yourself a favor and read this. I don’t really want to give anything away, but I love how the author started his memoir with grandparents and their early lives and then followed his own life. He ties his own story into a larger narrative about people from Appalachia, using studies, statistics, and anecdotes.

Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

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Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Very thoroughly research. It was an interesting look at the sisters, as well as the time period. I would recommend reading Nancy Mitford’s novels before picking up this book, but it is by no means necessary. Two of her later and more popular novels are sitting on my bookshelf unread, and I did not know that they wore her later novels or even her more popular novels before I read this biography. I do think I would have appreciated the story more, though, if I could have drawn on the plots of her novels, which are thinly veiled stories about her family.

However, the author of this biography does a wonderful job of taking snippets from all of her novels, which I would never take the time to read or probably be able to get my hands on, and interjects them into the narrative of the biography.

When I do read Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love, The fiction will mean a lot more to me than it would have before. Also, I am inspired to track down a few of her earlier works. Additionally, other sisters did write, so you could always pick up one of their books.

read these

The Girls

Scrappy Little Nobody

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

 

if you have time

Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters

Agatha Raisin Series

 

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4 Comments

  • Leah Van Ert | December 6, 2016 | Reply

    I have Hillbilly Elegy on my list and I’m excited to see that you enjoyed it so much! I want to read it even more now.


    • Sarah @ Back to Carolina | December 6, 2016 | Reply

      IT IS SO GOOD. I am in a FB group with college friends and even some former English professors, and that one was a huge hit! One of my professors read it as a political book, which I think it could be, but I thought of it more of a way to understand a different culture, the way I would read about the immigrant experience.


  • Kristen @ SYIAP | December 7, 2016 | Reply

    i wasn’t sure if i would enjoy Anna Kendrick’s book but you’ve totally convinced me to give it a go!


    • Sarah @ Back to Carolina | December 8, 2016 | Reply

      You should! I loved the audiobook! I normally listen at double speed, but I listened at 1.5 speed. It was great. Super funny and cute.


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