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End of year mini-reviews

Posted by Caitie F on December 27, 2014

I get a LOT of reading done at the end of the year, I have finished three books in three days, and seeing that they have been days with a lot of activity, that is a lot! I am just going to do mini-reviews (in the order I read the books), since I have a busy next few days!

Title: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories20309175
Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Hardcover: 320 pages
Pub Date: Oct 9, 2014
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES


This is a pretty straight forward book – some of the best YA authors write holiday stories. If you like the authors, you will really like this book. The stories are very different, but are all wonderful. No surprise, my favorite stories were by Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman three of my favorite authors. That said, all the stories were great and everyone should read this!

Title: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas16349
Author: Agatha Christie
Paperback: 335 pages
Pub Date: 1938
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads

Motives for Murder:
A fortune in uncut diamonds, hidden by an eccentric old man
A woman’s love, too freely given
A business empire built on ruthlessness

Each of them may have been a motive for the brutal slaying of wealthy old Simeon Lee. Coupled with Lee’s family, each member of which hated him and wished to see him dead, they presented Hercule Poirot with a baffling challenge–one which the astute detective solved only through his uncanny ability to see “the little things.”


If you really like Agatha Christie, you will love this book. It is classic Christie, with quirky characters, a lot of confusion, and as always, some lying and deceit that isn’t about murder. Even though it says Christmas, it isn’t overly Christmas-y, so you can read it anytime of year!

Title: The Marriage Plotmarriage
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Hardcover: 406 pages
Pub Date: Oct 11, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads

It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.


This book is very well-written and for that is worth reading. The characters are a little annoying, but in a realistic and human way, which made them fascinating.The book is a little slow at times, but the writing made up for it. There were a couple of anti-feminist rants that made me really dislike the characters, so be warned that it is in there, yet seems ridiculous. Overall, it is a good book, but not up the amazingness of  Middlesex.


3 Responses to “End of year mini-reviews”

  1. […] Guards! by Terry Pratchett 2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides  3.  Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W Dower 4. Gods Behaving […]

  2. Laurie C said

    I loved The Marriage Plot, but so far that’s still my first and only Jeffrey Eugenides!

  3. I really liked My True Love Gave to Me too.

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