Reading Notes: The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow #1)

Book Cover - The Big Kitty by Claire DonallyMy office recently moved, so I went to check out the nearest public library. (The one near my house is closed for some indefinite period of time.) I picked this book up randomly while browsing the mystery section, figuring if it wasn’t good, I didn’t have to finish it. It turned out to be a good find, and I’ll be picking up the sequel.

The Big Kitty follows Sunny, a reporter who’s moved back to Maine from New York City to take care of her father, and Shadow, a tomcat who finds he’s ready to settle down with a nice girl. Punny names aside, the story is quite engaging. It starts out in typical cozy mystery fashion, with a seemingly-accidental death that proves to be anything but. As the story continues, however, Sunny gets placed in a good deal more physical danger than most cozy detectives. I’m okay with this, however, as it added a sense of urgency.

There are a few scenes written from the perspective of Shadow (the cat) which seem consistently cat-like. Most of the book is from Sunny’s perspective, but I particularly enjoyed seeing Shadow’s perspective, and it added to my sense of investment in Sunny and Shadow’s relationship.

Reading Notes: 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets by Jamie Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a notoriously cluttered person, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of these tips actually get put into practice.

This book was very easy to skim, and overall it had a fair number of good tips. It is, however, a bit dated: it makes no mention of e-books and talks about ways to store rolls of film and negatives.

A note on formatting: Reading the kindle edition of this book was good in that I could just highlight the tips I wanted to remember later.

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Reading Notes: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables  (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anne of Green Gables is one of the classics. Almost every woman within a few years of my age has read it. I read it several times as a kid and loved it. Heck, even my kid brother has read it.

That said, when I started re-reading this, I found Anne to be amazingly irritating. I really wished she’d just shut up. I guess this means I’ve turned into a cranky old lady.

I question whether I’d be willing to give it to a young girl to read today. Anne is obsessed with her appearance, with which she finds nothing but flaws, and I’m not sure if that’s something I’d want a young girl reading. Likewise, she spends a major portion of the book holding a grudge against Gilbert Blythe, which is another lesson I wouldn’t want imparted on an impressionable reader. (Looking at it, I almost wonder if some of my character flaws are the result of Anne’s influence.)

As I kept reading though, Anne really grew on me. I suppose she had the same effect on me that she had on Marilla and the other characters in the book. You can’t help but grow to like her. I’ll probably re-read the sequel, Anne of Avonlea, sometime in the near future.

Book Source: Daily Lit. (Note: The cover pictured doesn’t go with this edition.)