Friday, December 15, 2017

Morningstar: Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood

Ann Hood writes a short ode to the books that shaped her. An easy read.

It prompted me to think about the books that shaped my life as well.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I just discovered Agatha Christie within the last several weeks when my friend, Grace, mentioned that reading some Agatha Christie was making her happy. Wow! I can't believe I've lived so long without reading Agatha Christie. What a treat!

I am thinking of seeing the movie now.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Solstice is the surprise fourth book following the Winter Street trilogy. What a welcome surprise and satisfying end!

I read the Winter Street trilogy when I was at home recovering during the fall. Thanks to Boomer who made numerous trips to the library to check out books and who could remember the order of books in this trilogy. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

16-year-old Aza starts investigating the disappearance of a local man in order to receive the $100,000 prize.

I love how John Green tackles mental health and grief and loss in a way that is heartfelt and non-stigmatizing.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

This is fiction and in the format of a diary of a woman who quits her job and moves back home to care for her ailing father.

When I read a book and I find details that don't make sense (like sliding a piece of pizza under a door), I find myself getting skeptical.There were a few moments like that in this book.

Overall, an okay read, but hum.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

One of my favorite classes in high school was a Humanities/Art History class. I was looking forward to reading Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci but thought I'd be on the wait list for months until I could get it. I was so surprised to see it just sitting on the shelf in the New Book section. I spent the next couple of weeks devouring it. It's 624 pages, so not a light book to lug around. What a fun and educational read!

Monday, December 4, 2017

It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by John Rademacher

My mom and sister are both teachers. And I am soooooo glad that I am not. Totally not me. And this book confirmed this for me. Hahahah. Well, I actually didn't need any confirmation.

Don't get me wrong. I totally admire teachers and everything they do for their students.

This would make a great gift for a teacher. But maybe not such a great gift for someone who is considering teaching.