Bookworm: July 2015

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Loved: 

Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, Linda Berdoll: Because, obviously, Pride and Prejudice sequels are among my favorite things ever, despite how they fail to live up to the original (duh, what COULD live up to it?!). 

Darcy and Elizabeth, Linda Berdoll: See above. 

The Ruling Passion: The Darcys, Linda Berdoll: No really, see above. It's a series and it MADE the first week of my month, no joke.

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald: The third of my 25 "1001 Books to Read Before You Die" for #70 on my 101 in 1001 list.  Classic gorgeous Fitzgerald prose about coming of age, descent into mental illness and alcoholism, and developing and crumbling relationships. 

Enjoyed: 

Austenland, Shannon Hale: A modern woman disheartened by her romantic failures goes on an immersion trip to a "Regency" England resort seeking her very own Mr. Darcy. Charming, light, and a very quick read. 

Midnight at Austenland, Shannon Hale: Take Austenland, above, and add in a little murder mystery action with the romance. Super fun. 

Chalked Up, Jennifer Sey: The 1986 women's US gymnastics champion tells the twisted and intense story of surviving life as a competitive gymnast as the sport rose to prominence. Interesting, dark, and quick. 

Tolerated: 

Stolen Innocence, Elisa Wall: The tale of "the girl who brought down Warren Jeffs" and her escape from the fundamentalist FLDS in the early 2000s. 

The Red Leather Diary, Lily Koppel: An abandoned journal from the 1920's is discovered in a dumpster. The author tracked down its writer and the book tells her life story...in fairly insipid, uninspiring prose. Could've been much better. 

Rereads: 

Faking It, Jennifer Crusie: Frothy, delightful, sexy chick lit about an art forger and a con artist falling in love amidst mistaken identities and heists galore.