Bonanza Girl by Patricia Beatty

 

Published: 1962

In this story, a widow and her children move to a mining town in Idaho.  Once there, Mother realizes that there aren’t any other children, so her plans to teach school are not really a viable possibility.  Luckily, she had been befriended along the way by a strong young Swedish woman, who sets herself up as the family protector, and persuades Mother to set up something the town really needs: a decent restaurant.

While the story is fine, it was a bit slow, and quite a bit pointless.  Although they have an enemy who  keeps trying to make trouble, there really isn’t any kind of ultimate goal for the book.  Everyone meanders along, searching for gold, packing mules, cooking pancakes, picking berries, and nothing really happens.  The end, involving an avalanche, also seems a bit implausible.  Short story, I ended up packing this book off on Paperback Swap.  For me, it was a 2/5.

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Published: 1935.

This Hercule Poirot mystery is set at an archaeological dig and narrated by a young nurse who comes to care for the wife of the leader of the dig.

While I enjoyed this mystery, it was not one of my favorites of Christie’s.  The characters are not particularly interesting (or personable), and the plot seems a bit unrealistic.

Still, a decent story, and a comfortable 3/5.

This is a test post.

So, even though I LOVE tumblr, I think that I am going to switch my book blog to WordPress.  My main reason for doing so is the fact that it is so much easier for me to set up links and pages on WordPress, making access to archives easier.  Even though none of you probably care about this, one of the huge reasons that I keep a book blog at all is so that I can easily look back on various books I’ve read.  So, we will see how this works!!!