November Book Update

Finished!!!

I listened to all of these books on audiotapes.  I really enjoyed it.  I think I am addicted!

  • Stardust by Gaiman, Neil- I saw the movie first.  I really liked the movie, so I wanted to read the book.  I ended up liking the movie better, possibly because I saw it first.  But the action in the movie was much more compelling.  The book was kind of anticlimactic.  Still a good read.  I would be interested in what other people thought about the book vs movie.
  • The School of Essential Ingredients by Bauermeister, Erica- I was disappointed by this book.  It took leaps I couldn’t take with it.  Saying that food had this amazing, huge effect on people.  This coming from a food blogger- right?!  But really it was so over the top.  I think a good meal is a wonderful thing to be cherished, but I also think recipes are important.  I think that good meals can communicate how much you care for someone, but so can talking.  This book made it sound like the food was more important than almost everything else going on.
  • Island Beneath the Sea by Allende, Isabel- I really enjoyed this book.  It is historical fiction set in pre-Independence Haiti and then moved to New Orleans.  The character development was fantastic.  You really understand the different character’s perspectives.  I knew very little about that time period, so I learned a lot.  Allende does a wonderful job creating the world that she transports you to.  I highly recommend this book.

To Be Read

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What books have you read lately?  Have you read any of these books?  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

October Book Update

Finished!!!

  • Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany by Biesold, Horst- This is a book about what happened to Deaf people during Nazi Germany.  The book was originally written in German and it was a dissertation, so it was a bit hard to read and did not flow well.  But the information was important and I am glad I know more about the atrocities that deaf people had to deal with during that time.
  • The Ropemaker by Dickenson, Peter- I was underwhelmed by this book.  It is a young adult fantasy novel.  Parts were really interesting, but it did not hold my attention very well.  Some times with fantasy novels it can be hard to make thing believable.  It just seems like whenever the author got bored writing he made something new up.
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi- This was a wonderful collection of short stories.  The stories cover a lot of different topics from a wide range of perspectives.  They are all rather sad.  So be prepared to hearing depressing stories, but I highly recommend this to anyone who likes short stories or African literature.

To Be Read

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What books have you read lately?  Have you read any of these books?  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

September Book Update

I started school a few weeks ago, so my reading has been moving toward text books.  Oh well, I still have bus rides.  I will get at least a little fun reading done!!!

Finished!!!

  • Artemisia by Lapierre, Alexandra- This was a very interesting book.  Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter born in 1593 and died in 1656.  This is a fictionalized version of her life.  This book did a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere that existed then.  It also did a great job at showing how complicated the life of a female artist was back then.  Not that it is a walk in the park now, but the only reason Artemisia was able to work in one of the royal courts was because her husband also worked there.
  • Night of the Radishes by Benitez, Sandra- This book was underwhelming.  The plot is really interesting.  It is about a woman whose twin sister died when she was in middle school and then her father committed suicide when she was in high school and at the beginning of the book her mother dies of cancer.  Her mother’s last wish is that the daughter (main character) finds her estrange brother.  But I just never really connected to it.  The writing just was not very engaging to me.

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August Book Update

Finished!!!!!

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Larsson, Stieg– Oh my gosh I loved these books!!  I read the first one a year ago.  I knew I wanted to read the rest of the books, but just did not get around to it.  Once I started the second one I just could not put it down.  They were great and I could not put them down.  I highly recommend these books!!

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Larsson, Stieg

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Lelord, Francois– I don’t know why I finished reading this book.  It was boring.  If you like psychology this might be interesting for you.

The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Cook, Thomas H– I have not made up my mind on this book yet.  It was interesting and very suspenseful.  It certainly kept my interest.

To Be Read

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What books have you read lately?  Have you read any of these books?  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

(Late) June Book Update

Finished!!!

  • The Language of Baklava by Abu-Jaber, Diana – This was a really interesting book. I really enjoyed her stories of family and identity.  I definitely recommend this book.
  • American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads by Le Draoulec, Pascale – I love pie!  The book was ok.  It had some cute stories and a few recipes that I am excited to try.
  • Wintergirls by Anderson, Laurie Halse – This is quite the book.  It is really hard to read at parts.  The character is going through an eating disorder and is very self-distructive.  I can’t decide if I liked it or not.  I doubt I will ever read it again.
  • Earth Logic by Marks, Laurie J. – I really enjoyed these books.  I love fantasy.  This goes for both of them.
  • Water Logic by Marks, Laurie J.

To Be Read:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

May Book Update

Finished!!!

  • Firebirds edited by November, Sharyn- This was ok.  It was not the best book of short stories I have ever read.  I was unimpressed.
  • Spindle’s End by McKinley, Robin- This is my second time reading this book.  I really enjoy McKinley’s writing style and this story is a revision of Sleeping Beauty.  I love fairy tales and fantasy stories.  And this story has strong female characters instead of the weak characters that the dude has to save.
  • Bitter Sweets by Farooki, Roopa- I really enjoyed the beginning and middle of this book.  It’s a story about a family who lies all the times.  They create these webs that become harder and harder to manage.  The character development was really nuanced.  The big disappointment for me was ending.  It wrapped up in a pretty little bow and thats just not the way lying and deception work in the real world.

To Be Read:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa
  • The Dragon Book edited by Dann, Jack and Dozois, Gardner
  • Earth Logic by Marks, Laurie J.
  • The Language of Baklava by Abu-Jaber, Diana
  • Pizza: A Global History by Helstosky, Carol
  • At Work by Leibovitz, Annie
  • Bossypants by Fey, Tina

What are you reading right now?  What do you think of my list?  Have you read anything off my list?  What did you think of it?

April Book Update

I have decided I want to have a book update.  I want to talk with ya’ll about books, since I might cook out of them.  This all relates some how.  Not to mention you can give me ideas for new books to read and we can talk about books we have both read.  This will be fun!!

Finished!!!

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Kaling, Mindy – I really enjoyed this.  I am not a huge Office fan, so I was unsure how I would like the book of one of its writers.
  • Fire by Cashore, Kristin – I read her first book Graceling and I really like the way Cashore writes about transition and the way people feel about those transition.  She writes about growth and specifically female growth really well.  She captures the little nuances that make characters really robust.  I highly recommend both books.
  • Cairo by Wilson, G. Willow – I am trying to get into graphic novels.  This has magical realism in it and is from a Muslim perspective.  Very interesting.
  • White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion by Pierce, Tamora – I guess this would be called a comic.  I really like Pierce’s writing, which is why I picked it up.  I enjoyed it, however I am not a huge superhero fan.  So it was not amazing to me.  Cool though.
  • Tortall and Other Lands by Pierce, Tamora – I loved these short stories.  She fleshes out characters that are only side characters in some of her books.  I recommend this to any Tamora Pierce fans.
  • Annie on My Mind by Garden, Nancy – I had trouble with this book.  Let’s start by saying it was written in the 90′s and I guess 90′s lesbian literature is about how hard it is to be a lesbian.  Some reviews say it is groundbreaking.  I would not go that far, but it is teen lit that deals with homosexuality.  Maybe I am just being overly critical.  I would not recommend this book though.  There are better books that have been written since then.

To Be Read:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • Bitter Sweets by Farooki, Roopa
  • Firebirds edited by November, Sharyn
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What are you reading right now?  What do you think of my list?  Have you read anything off my list?  What did you think of it?