I have been able to read more in the past few weeks which is good since I still spend a good chunk of the day in bed. Two reviews, both decent but neither memorable for me.
- The Mulligans of Mt Jefferson by Don Reid
This is a 3.5 star book for me. I enjoyed the portions of the book focused on the boys' childhoods and adolescent years more than the parts focusing on them as adults. The coming-of-age story was good but I wasn't really invested in the "present" timeline that involved the cop and priest responding to the shooting that harms, but does not kill, their friend. I can't put my finger on why, but I felt a bit of the book was kind of preachy. I didn't feel satisfied when I finished the book so will round down to three stars on this one.
- An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
I really enjoyed the first third of this book, the part focused on Naomi's pre-college years. I did not, however, enjoy her years at Wellesley. I had trouble following the many characters she encounters and understanding the nature of the Shakes organization. I could understand Naomi eventually questioning the plans she had as a child, but the way the doubt was developed didn't feel real. I kept hoping that the strong characters development in the first third would return, but it just didn't. Some pages just straight out confused me and I just stopped caring about Naomi and didn't develop an interest in the people she meets in college. Three stars overall though I'd give four stars to the first third.