Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp

Jane is nine years old and Louisa is her aunt. They are both invited to spend the summer at Jane's grandmother's house in Massachusetts. Jane senses the presence of Emily, her grandmother's long-ago deceased daughter.

This is one spooky and creepy Young Adult novel. Perfect for preparing for Halloween. But not great for reading when you're home alone.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

I was living in Asia and getting ready to travel down to Thailand when the tsunami hit on December 26, 2004. So I remember the time and the devastation and the news about it all. However, this is the first book that I've read on the tsunami and its aftermath. It is harrowing. Sonali lost her parents, husband, and two sons in the tsunami. She writes about her survival and life in the years following. So much shock, grief, and loss. Not a lighthearted read by any means.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Jende is an immigrant from Cameroon living in New York City. He works as a driver for a rich Wall Street executive. But as he gets to know more about the family he drives for, and as his wife gets involved when she's hired as a summer assistant for the family, secrets come to light. Is it his place to say something?

Behold the Dreamers circles around the dilemmas that come with ethics, morals, integrity, immigration, the haves and have-nots, and the secrets that go on in families.

I stayed up late finishing this book. It slowed down in the last third of the book, but the rest went along at a pretty fast clip.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo is a travel writer on board a luxury cruise ship. In the middle of the night, she hears a scream and the thud of a human body falling into the ocean. She alerts security, but no one is found missing on the ship. Was it just because she'd been drinking too much? Is she going crazy?

A kinda thriller of a read, but just so-so, in my opinion.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The real-life cold blood murder of a family in the dead of night. Who would kill the kind and hardworking Cutter family?

This true story reads like fiction. My only mistake in reading this is that I took it on vacation with me, and please trust me on this, this does not fall under fun vacation reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Izanami's Choice by Adam Heine

Izanami's Choice is a short book that can be easily read in one sitting. It's a combination of robots, samurais, Meiji-era Japan, with some murder and detective investigation as well. Who is good and who is bad and what's really going on? Totally not in the genre that I usually read, but it still had me reading and guessing about what was gonna happen.

This book is written by Boomer's friend, Adam. Adam and his wife live in Thailand with their ten amazing children. Adam invited us over for dinner twice when we were in Thailand a few years back. It was so fun. They have lovely family dinners together, and a very large rice cooker. 

So proud of Adam and looking forward to reading more of his writing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Boomer and I have our own copies of the Harry Potter series. So we should have thought more carefully about how we were going to read this play. I brought it home (note: we only checked out one copy, Boomer should have checked out his own copy) from the library and Boomer started reading it and started making bug eyes, gasping, and saying, "Oh my gosh!!" I had to tell him that if he was going to read it first, then no noises, facial expressions, or comments were allowed! So in order to not let this come between us, Boomer decided that I should read it first and then he would read it. Thanks, Boomer!

It only took me several hours to read it, and boy was it fun! We meet up with Harry Potter as an adult and father to three children.

I liked it! I would love to see it on stage sometime. I liked the characters, the twists, and the follow-up on some of the characters I loved in the Harry Potter series.