One of my goals this year is to keep track of the books I read. I frequently am asked for suggestions or want to refer back to a particular novel only to find I can't quite remember what it was. Hopefully, keeping a list here will not only help me, but give some of you ideas on what to read--or not to read as the case may be!
I am a prolific reader--a couple of chapters every day no matter what!! My retention is a bit sketchy, and I certainly read primarily for pleasure, so do not expect any in-depth reviews of great literary masterpieces. I also don't hesitate to jettison a book I am not enjoying--with one exception that I will discuss later!
I've failed miserably at tracking January and February, but March has been quite entertaining so far. I started off finishing Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross--a delightful novel I picked up on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed. Miss Julia is a stereotypical aging Southern Belle who suddenly inherits a large sum of money as well as something totally unexpected when her husband dies. As a bonus, Miss Julia is apparently a series--you can bet I will be reading more of her adventures!!
At my youngest's request I read Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles and enjoyed it. Of course, I would enjoy any book that led to a discussion with my third grade daughter, but this one was actually a nice read. The story centers around a young girl and her grandmother--and what happens when they are separated and out of their comfort zones. The format is fun for kids as much of the book is written as an exchange of letters between the two.
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist is a thought provoking yet easy read about a society that insures each member contributes. I really enjoyed the ending to this one as it didn't go quite as I anticipated (actually, I had anticipated a couple of scenarios and was still surprised) I also appreciated the fact that I could read it at a surface level or contemplate the deeper issues and enjoy the book either way. A similar book read earlier in the year is Never Let You Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Along the controlled society theme, I finally read the Giver by Lois Lowry at the urging of my older daughter. Very good book! I confess I did not like the ending--mostly because I knew how it was going to end and preferred the alternate ending my daughter wrote as a class assignment. I definitely look forward to reading the two companion books (Gathering Blue and The Messenger). If you are looking for a relatively quick and easy yet thought provoking YA Novel that may appeal to males and females, the Giver is a good choice. Lots of opportunity for discussion abut conformity.
Continuing my YA theme, I read Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch Think Harry Potter as a Marvel Comic Book Hero. Decent, but not one I felt the need to hand to my son immediately. I will probably finish the trilogy out sometime, but no real hurry to find out what happens next. Much better was Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. If you have ever wondered how Peter Pan and the Lost Boys ended up on that magical island with Captain Hook, this book is a must! I expect it will be my family summer read aloud. Naturally, I am following with the second book in the series Peter and the ShadowCreatures, also proving quite good.
So, technically, I guess that is only 6 books read so far this month. But the title is much catchier as it stands, no? Oh, and the book I have yet to jettison--The Life of PI by Yann Martel. I am not liking it, but feel compelled to learn how it ends. I'll let you know if it is worth it.