Whatcha reading?

Whatcha reading?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

4th of July: James Patterson

Super suspenseful and impossible to predict, he never fails to deliver. Excellent mystery.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Even Silence Has an End: Ingrid Betancourt

Even though I know stuff like this still happens today, the entire story surprised me. What a horrible waste of six years. The suffering she had to endure was also terrible, not only was she a hostage and treated brutally, but living in the wilderness with crocodiles, ants, bees, and piranhas among other things. This book was something everyone should read though difficult to put into words.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A light hearted read written through correspondence by an author and her followers about what happened during World War Two. Through the letters the people become friends and learn who were the true heroes of the war, cute ending.

Andersonville: MacKinlay Kantor

This book was daunting and hard to get into. I would read ten pages and it didn't seem to make a dent in how much was left to read. It was an interesting read, especially if you are into history and the civil war era, but not exciting. I stopped and read several other books while getting through this one. It did force me to look up other things that happened during this time, like the sinking of Sultana, so it was a good educational read.

Elizabeth Street: Laurie Fabiano

Fantastic book, definitely not one you should judge from the cover. Reading this you can tell it was written as a labor of love for her ancestors that endured so much, so bravely. This story was one about the ties of family and how closely they functioned and took care of each other, which has changed in today's world. The story was terribly sad, but the perseverance of the family left you feeling hopeful. I would read this again and have recommended it to several people. So much happened between the covers that it would be difficult to summarize, one you need to read for yourself.

All the Kings Men: Robert Penn Warren

This book seemed to start very slowly with a lot of focus on Cass Mastern's story. I thought it interesting that the book started in the present where Jack tells the readers everyone who dies and Then starts from the beginning and plays catch up. I was thinking the line "Man was conceived in sin and born in corruption was a bit redundant and kept thinking "oh come on already" but once you are finished with the book you look back on it and see how well it was crafted and how every occurrence built to the end. Warren used that line to describe all of the characters. There is a lot one can read into this story, like Jack's last name being "Burden" and him being responsible for the death of two men whom he respected. A very good heart breaking book even though you sort of know how it ends.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Same Kind of different As Me: Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Very interesting book, it was hard to believe that the book was true let alone that it happened in our life time. An incredible story about how two broken people come together to make each other whole. I enjoyed how the authors compared their take on everyday things that most of us don't even think about, like Denver's thoughts on catch and release.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Road: Comac McCarthy

Very interesting take on the end of the world, being both believable and frightening. No Zombies, no mad scientist, no weird background story, you are left to determine what happened to cause anarchy. The conversations between the father and son tell a lot of what life has become. There is really nothing to talk about but survival. The man tries to make his son into a man so he can fend for himself (since he knows he is dying) yet the son is still a child, scared, forgetful, unable to think, and kind. He doesn't have the survival skills needed to make it in the new world and is lucky the story ends as it does, though I am not sure why the family followed them and didn't make themselves known until the father dies.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

When You are Engulfed in Flames: David Sedaris

I love this guy, he makes me laugh out loud in the worse places ( maybe I shouldn't be reading there?) I love how you understand the reason for his cover picture and title as you read the book. A must read.

Three Cups of Tea: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

I was expecting to read a book about Pakistan and Afghanistan, so I was confused when it started about mountain climbing. Of course after reading the back I don't know where my misconception arose. Interesting book, if not exceptionally exciting and fast pace. More of a heart warming read.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

An American Tragedy: Theodore Dreiser

Unfortunatly this is a very believable book about the life of a thoughtless boy. He was raised in a very religious and considerate family, but escaped to live life like others his age. He was young and invincible, not caring how his actions hurt others and only thinking about what others could do for him. At first you feel sorry for Clyde and the way he is manipulated, but he becomes the manipulator and believes he is above the law and his life is more important than any other.

David Boring: Daniel Clowes

The first comic book I have read so it was an interesting experience. I found the lack of a plot odd.