Monday, February 02, 2015

January Reads

The Light Princess by George MacDonald 1/1/2015
Excellent - Children's - 110 pages (Print)
A princess is cursed with a lack of gravity.
I assigned this to Emily to read and decided to read it myself as well. I've always wanted to read MacDonald, but a difficult reading experience with one of his books when I was a teenager had prejudiced me against him. However, this wasn't at all hard to read! Very simple, but deep.

Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley 1/11/2015
Good - Chick Lit - 501 pages (Print)
Young actress Celia Sands is offered the lead in a play in Italy because she shares the name of the actress for whom the play was written.
A couple friends rave about Kearsley and I've read two of her so far, both entertaining and light.

Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life by Brian Wansink 1/16/2015
Excellent - Non-fiction - 320 pages (Print)
How to set up your living environments so that you naturally lose weight.
Interesting ideas on how to set up your home and work areas to make losing weight and eating healthy easier. Ideas are also included for schools, restaurants, and grocery stores - from a business perspective - make money and give customers what they want. I've implemented a couple ideas so far - have NO food visible in the kitchen except a fruit bowl with at least 2 kinds of fruit and move the produce out of the produce drawer in the fridge and onto an eye-level shelf. 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 1/24/2015
Excellent - Classic - 400 pages (Audio 14 hr 27 min)
Book Club Re-read - Impoverished Fanny Price lives with her aunt and uncle.
I like this book more each time I re-read it.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant 1/24/2015
Good - Fiction - 322 pages (Print)
85-year-old Addie Baum answers her granddaughter's question, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"
I have enjoyed other books by Diamant (The Red Tent) and requested this from the library as soon as it was released. Interesting story of an urban Jewish woman born in the 20s who wants to be independent and still find love.

What are you reading?