Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, Helen Fielding- I really liked this one and reread it a couple times. I think I’ve found a new comfort book! Loved Olivia Joules’ Rules for Living, her sense of humor, perserverence, and attitude.v.good.
Jackaroo, Cynthia Voigt- Slow going at first but the pace picks up after the first third. Not sure if its just me, but there’s an atmosphere of sadness and anxiety that doesn’t let up until the very end. Life is hard. Everyone’s lives are bound by ironclad social roles; rebellion comes at a dear price. I loved Gwyn and Burl; the way Gwyn is so compassionate, the way Burl implicitly understands Gwyn, the way both of them are so responsible and courageous and perceptive. A very thoughtful book.