good english

to read makes our speaking English good.
A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies - Ellen Cooney Somehow I got A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies mixed up with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in my head, and I stayed confused until I was starting to read it, then I read the cover copy and was like whaaaat genteel porn what? I don't even remember buying/swapping for this one.

It turns out Ellen Cooney has NOT actually written genteel porn -- at least not in this novel -- although there are a couple of mildly explicit (does that make sense?) sexual references in A Private Hotel.

Eh, it was okay. I enjoyed Cooney's writing but the story just seems . . . stuck? I don't feel like it goes anywhere. I liked the female characters but disliked almost every male character, and I especially disliked the ending.

Reading this book felt like a two-hour ride to nowhere, one where you're okay with the scenery but end up taking a nap for most of the trip.

Currently reading

How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
Wendy Moore
Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity
Emily Matchar
Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers
Anne Lamott
The Machinery of Life
David S. Goodsell
The Haunting of Hill House (Stephen King Horror Library)
Shirley Jackson