August was awesome. How on earth did it go so fast? There was so much going on I totally dropped of the blogwagon but that’s okay because I was out enjoying. In all my August goodness reading took the back burner. Well, reading new books that is.
But I did reread some tried and trues because that’s just the kind of girl I am. Including Family Baggage by Monica McInerney--an old staple of mine. I pick it up several times a year. It is engaging and interesting. There’s a lot going on in the story complete with flashbacks but they seem like real people in a real family. Even if the plot is a little farfetched to actually happen I enjoy it.
The basic overview is that this Australian family along with a close family friend owns a travel agency. The MAJOR storyline takes place as Harriet, the youngest, goes on her first tour after a mental breakdown. (I can’t come up with another term that’s better and while mental breakdown makes it seem really ridiculous it truly isn’t.) Harriet’s is leading a bunch of senior citizens on a tour themed for an old English television show, and the senior citizens are the most endearing bunch of characters I’ve read in a long time. I wish they’d jump right off the page and knit me a sweater and keep me company. There’s a lot going on with the family but it all revolves around this one tour.
I can’t honestly say this book will change your life or even make you think but I definitely enjoy it and I keep picking it up over a lot of other books I own so that may be saying something. But it could also be saying I have odd taste in novels and I should probably read something new. I am hoping to jump back on the reading train this week as I settle into unofficial fall. I got a few books from the library so I am hopeful.