1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. I remember reading this about two years ago and not finishing it for some cloudy reason that usually has to do with “I’m not in the mood. I have Dracula to read.” Or, more specifically: “These characters are too eccentric to be real.” Now I have the urge to pick up where I left off. I’m a big champ of second chances. Once abandoned is never forever forgotten. This also goes to show that 99% of my enjoyable reading experience is based my mood at the time.
2. Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman This book is not perfect, in fact, the middle and end took a kamikaze dive into suck-a-tude. After Alice Hoffman went all Alice Hoffman on her book critic, her appeal diminished for me. However, I do admit to liking parts of Here on Earth: the surreal New England setting is th
e perfect place for a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights. Above all things, I’m a sucker for tortured love and brooding men. Heathcliff! Why can’t I quit you? Here’s my past review. Read it if you dare and remember this: I’m not daring you! It makes my cringe.
3. I Capture the Castle by Doddie Smith This is a mint condition hardcover! The gem of this week’s loot. I read this a few years ago and did not finish either. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I suspect the answer is too many library books at once and not enough concentration. On my more fruitful library expeditions, I’m like a kid in a candy store checking out more books that I could possibly read and reading a bit of everything only to finish nothing. I have issues. Gluttonous book grabbing issues!
Notice that all these books are in mint to quasi-mint conditions. No creased spines! No dogeared pages! Oh ho ho!