May Reading Review

30 05 2009

It was an up and down month for reading. I went in spurts, really. Some great books this month.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – Better than I thought it would be. One woman’s story told through a series of short stories. Some of the stories are told through her eyes, and others have her as a minor character – and shows how she influenced others.

The Note by Angela Hunt – A note is found after a plane crash with a final message, but it’s not clear who its for. One reporter seeks to find the recipient. What will she find out about the crash? What will she find out about herself?

Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson – A little bit of a weird story. As an adult, the main character of the story meets her childhood imaginary friend. She is at a breaking point in her life. What will happen to her? Will he be able to stay and help?
Doesn’t She Look Natural by Angela Hunt – This is book 1 of the Fairlawn Series. I’ve already read 2, 3. I felt like I had to go back and read the first one and find out how it all started. Love this series.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan – Non-fiction, Corrigan tells her story of discovering breast cancer and fighting it, linking it back to her childhood and family and particularily her father. Didn’t care for this book too much. Corrigan is a liberal, and there was a fair amount of cursing, and just the difference in world views, which is evident.

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg – Want to make the same kind of great bread that’s been showing up in your grocery story bakery? Here’s a fast and simple way to do it. It’s so simple, even I can do it. Really good and delicious. Lots of recipes.

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicolas by James Patterson – A jilted girlfriend reads the diary of her “boyfriend’s” wife to discover why he left and why he was with her in the first place. A very emotional story. Really like it.

The Well Adjusted Child by Rachel Gatercole – As a homeschooling mom, if you’ve ever had to answer that question about socialization, this is the book for you. This book explains that socialization, regardless of schooling choices, is the responsibility of the parent. Often times, traditional schools give children the opportunity to make contacts. But there are equally good ways to make contacts in the homeschooling world. A decent book, but lots of repetitive information.

The Novelist by Angela Hunt – The worst Angela Hunt book I have read. The main character is a renowned novelist teaching a class on writing novels at a local community college. As the class helps her write a novel, she is living her own drama with her young adult son. Is the story a reflection or a prediction of her own situation? The novel she was writing is revealed as well, and although chock full of Biblical significance, just did not appeal to me.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry – An Irish matron who has been institutionalized most of her 90 plus years faces the possibility of release. As she is being evaluated by her psychiatrist, she writes the story of how she came to be there. What is the secret she hides, and how is it relevant?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon – The best book I have read in a while. It takes place in the 50s, post WWII Spain. The main character is boy who discovers a book with a mysterious author. As he grows and tries to find out more about the writer, he stumbles upon a mystery that he feels he must solve. Lots of twists and turns, confrontations, surprises, romance, tragedy. It was a real page turner.

I also started Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. Although I did enjoy the few chapters I read, the subject matter was just too heavy for me at this time. And too depressing.

I’m hoping to slow down this month some. YTD, I have read 49 books.

What have you been reading?




One response

30 05 2009

Hello, I tend to knock down a good novel in a day or two, so new reads are always sought after. Thanks for posting this, should keep me busy for awhile. Although I should probably focus on studying than reading but what the heck.
I’m in the middle of a really enjoyable book.
The Timetraveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
It’s a bit different to the standardized novels. Title is pretty much self-explanatory of the book. Also read Killing Superman by Mary-Rose MacColl, not as enjoyable, tended to drag on a bit.
About a month ago I finished Stillriver by Andrew Rosenheim, quite alright. About a man who has returned to his childhood town to investigate his father’s death that of course unravels his long lost love.
Thanks again.

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