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SheriC

Portable Mistletoe

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

Being Texan: Celebrating a State of Mind
Jeff Carroll
Hogfather
Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer
Progress: 25 %
Lady in the Lake
Laura Lippman
Progress: 100 %
Lies Sleeping
Ben Aaronovitch
Progress: 100 %
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Progress: 100 %
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 204/204 pages

The Things We Keep ★★☆☆☆

The Things We Keep: A Novel - Barrie Kreinik, Sally Hepworth, Therese Plummer

This book started out strong, then degenerated into a mess as it kept adding characters and wandering aimlessly between storylines. First it was a pretty effective 1st person POV story of a young woman who is experiencing the gradual dissolution of her known world through the progression of Alzheimer's. It seems set to tackle some of the challenging issues of autonomy, self-determination, and the ability to provide informed consent as cognition declines, wrapped up in a sweet love story. Then we start muddying the story with other 1st person POV characters, dealing with completely different issues and concerns, and attempting to weave them together.

 

I found myself first annoyed, then losing interest. I decided to DNF at 75% when another book I had on hold at the library became available. 

 

Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library. The performances by Therese Plummer and Barrie Kreinik were very good.