Tuesday, July 21, 2015

June Reads

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 6/12/2015
Good - Young Adult - 192 pages Audio 5 hr 9 min
Ponyboy Curtis is a "Greaser" who ends up caught in a deadly struggle with their rival gang, "The Socs".
I may teach this book for a class next year and I wanted to re-read it. I read it years ago as a teen.

Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready 6/21/2015
Good - Romance - 415 pages Print
Art curator Campbell Stratford accidentally travels back in time to meet 17th century artist Peter Lely. Rated MA for explicit sex.
Fluffy read. 

May Reads

May was CRAZY-BUSY!!

Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding 5/10/2015
Good - Fiction - 384 pages Print
Private investigator is raped while on the job and afterwards suffers PTSD symptoms while trying to fight her way back to normalcy.
Fielding always writes an ending with a twist. This one too. I didn't see it coming.

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien 5/26/2015
Good - Fantasy - 381 pages Audio 14:14
The Ring is destroyed and the King is enthroned.
Re-read for Book Club. I sadly found I didn't appreciate the series as much as I have in the past. 

April Reads

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien 4/1/2015
Good - Fantasy - 448 pages,  Audio 16 hrs and 40 mins
The 9 members of the Fellowship are divided and the quest to destroy the Ring is continued.
Re-read for my book club. I think I've read this 5 times in my life now.

Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates 4/4/2015
Excellent - Non-fiction - 304 pages Kindle
From breaking out to breaking through, that’s what reading Shakespeare did for Indiana federal prison inmate Larry Newton, who was locked in solitary confinement for more than 10 years. His story is recounted by English professor Bates, who taught the “Shakespeare in Shackles” class that gave Newton, convicted of murder as a teenager, his new lease on life. (Booklist summary)
Wow! This was a wonderfully inspiring read. I love seeing what happens when people pour into the lives of others.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 4/13/2015
Good - Fiction - 336 pages Print
“Rachel takes the same train into London every day, daydreaming about the lives of the occupants in the homes she passes. But when she sees something unsettling from her window one morning, it sets in motion a chilling series of events that make her question whom she can really trust.”—Woman’s Day
It was entertaining. The way the story was told took a lot of attention to follow.

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin 4/14/2015
Good - Memoir - 272 pages Kindle
American hero Louis Zamperini shares his wisdom, values, lessons, secrets, and other insights gleaned from his remarkable experiences in this powerful and inspiring book. (Amazon summary)
Before Unbroken, Zamperini sat down with Rensin a few times to discuss what he'd learned throughout his life. 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant 4/17/2015
Excellent - Fiction - 352 pages Audio 11:50:55
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. (Amazon summary)
I've read this before and remembered it as a great read. This was a re-read for book club and I was surprised at finding so much R-rated material that I didn't recall. The discussion at book club was one of the best we've ever had though! I am always fascinated with the life of Joseph and since he was Dinah's brother, he figures in to this story (which is probably why I liked it so much the first time).