June 2013 Books

click here Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

go here The library had a display of Newbery Award winners next to the children’s play area and I grabbed this one out of nostalgia. I’d forgotten the plot completely so it was like reading for the first time. It was great – although written for children it was certainly interesting enough to keep me absorbed. One of the Goodreads reviews mentioned in passing there was a follow-up but it’s hard to find, so I’m now obsessed with locating it. I did find out it was written by the original author’s daughter, so I’m bummed it’s not the same guy.

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

go to link This consisted of assorted columns Gladwell wrote for the New Yorker. I read it not so much as a book, but as…assorted columns. I was always reading another book and, when I was in the mood, would read one or two chapters of this instead.

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

This was another one from the Newbery award winners shelf. It was an odd little book, somewhat written in fable style (though not entirely) but I kind of liked it. I can see how it would be good way for a middle-schooler to learn about life in the middle ages.

Anne of Green Gables
I dislike most YA/teenager fiction and was worried after not reading Anne for 10-15 years it would turn out I didn’t like it anymore. But the book is still wonderfully charming and I loved it so much. (Phew!)

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Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head by Jen Larsen
Jen Larsen has the kind of writing style where you get it. She can make you understand what something was like in a way I’ll never be able. I read the book in 24 hours because it was just GOOD.

As promised, it was very honest and, in a way, comprehensive, but it left me with so many questions. The end point seemed random (I guess I’ll just stop writing now…) and loose ends didn’t get neatly tied. Which, yeah, this is real life, not fiction, so perhaps you don’t always get neatly tied bows. But I was hoping for some…closure, I guess.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Garden variety ‘small-town girl, single, who starts finding dead bodies and solving mysteries (and dating)’ book. It wasn’t bad, just not all that interesting or special. The cookie recipes looked great:)


  1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH has been one of my favorite books since first grade. I am going to be SO! excited when Eriana is old enough to pay attention to it. 🙂