Friday, June 10, 2011

May Reads

Now You See Her by Joy Fielding - 5/5/2011 
Good ~ Mystery
Middle-aged and in the middle of a divorce, Marcy travels to Ireland on what was meant to be a second honeymoon and sees what appears to be her daughter who was declared dead two years before.
I enjoyed this - I needed a captivating mystery and this was just the thing.

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier - 5/7/2011
Fair ~ Fiction
What if pain manifested as light that everyone could see? A handwritten journal serves as the common thread that links several otherwise unrelated vignettes in this book that has no clear resolution.
The vignettes were entertaining, and the premise promising, but I kept waiting for something to tie everything together at the end.... and..... and.....
Don't bother.

I Saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris & Ellyn Davis - 5/13/2011 
Excellent ~ Nonfiction
A collection of essays on the purpose and delight-directed methods of home education.
I've been working on this (borrowed!) book off and on for several years.Well worth reading, it will change the way you think about education and life with children. I need a copy of my own and I'm going to start over. The only problem? Now, I realize I'm doing an awful lot of things wrong. lol

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin ~ 5/23/2011
Good ~ Chick Lit
Rachel falls in love with her bitchy best friend's fiance.
Really not my favorite book. Neither main character was very likable. We got to hear Rachel's thoughts, so she was clearly meant to be sympathetic, but, well, she wasn't.

The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker - 5/26/2011 
Excellent ~ Nonfiction
Awakening a passion for heaven on earth.
Dekker points out how the Church has fallen asleep and needs to remember our hope in Jesus is our eternal life in heaven, not our earthly blessings. Worthwhile and accessible read. I highly recommend this short book by the author of many Christian novels.

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - 5/26/2011 
Fair ~ Classic
French and Indian War, frail white girls being guided to a frontier fort where their father is commander
Hated it. Only finished it so it wouldn't be the only book club book I hadn't finished! Wordy, boring, and pompous.

Bossypants by Tina Fey - 5/30/2011 
Good ~ Humor
Musings on Life and Career from comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey.
Tina is as funny in writing as she is on stage. Her liberal slant was off-putting at first to me as a more conservative reader (probably more like her Republican parents than Tina herself), but it seemed like she set aside her agenda and got down to the memoirs after the first chapter or two. I laughed out loud a lot. The reason I read this book was the last chapter "Prayer for My Daughter" which I had read online and loved.

LEFT Neglected by Lisa Genova - 5/31/2011 
Good ~ Fiction
Career-driven supermom Sarah Nickerson suffers a traumatic brain injury and her life changes.
Such an unusual brain injury piqued my interest and I wondered how the author would treat the changes in this harried working mom's life. I enjoyed it, though I thought parts of the narrative seemed to be skipped over. 

What are YOU reading?

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