Monday, January 16, 2017

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

I've been a fan of George Stephanopoulos since his days in the Clinton administration. I liked his political memoir, All Too Human as well which was published back in 1999. Well, now I watch George most days on Good Morning, America. At the end of the year, all of the Good Morning, America anchors talked about their favorite books of the year, and Fool Me Once was George's pick. So I checked it out!

This is a super fast-paced story about Maya Stern, a former army pilot, who is grieving the recent murder of her husband. She installs a nanny cam in her living room so she can keep an eye on her daughter. While reviewing the recording, she sees her supposedly dead husband show up and play with her daughter. Maya investigates what's going on and there are lots of twists and turns to her investigation.

A page-turner. Thanks for the recommendation, George Stephanopoulos!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

All-of-a-Kind Family falls under my category of Gentle Reading. I am defining Gentle Reading as: books that nurture a warm, friendly, and uplifting view of the world, family, and friendships.

Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie are five sisters living with their parents in New York City. They have adventures in cleaning, going to the library and market, and observing Jewish holidays.

There is a cute, unexpected twist at the end which was so sweet. :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

Ah, the horrors of middle school! Frazzled captures it all in story and pictures. However, only read this if you're willing to take that walk down Memory Lane to middle school.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

I was a fan of Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, so I was excited to read Today Will Be Different.

Unfortunately, I was really disappointed. It's a quirky story, but it just didn't come together for me as a cohesive story. I was hopeful that it would get better, but it just kept getting worse.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Happy new year!

I am looking forward to the books that I will read this year. I've always loved reading. As a kid, I would curl up in my parents' bed with a sleeve of Saltines and read for hours. Why in their bed? I didn't want cracker crumbs in MY bed!?

But there were periods of my life when I actually didn't read very much. There was a two-year stretch when I lived in Asia and couldn't concentrate enough on reading for fun. I was just trying to survive and make sure I had enough food to eat and keep my place clean and functional. And then, during grad school, there was just way too much required reading and writing that I didn't really have the time to read for fun.

So I am still enjoying post-school reading for fun. And that's when I started this blog!

Onto the first book of 2017! Yay, it's another graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. I'm a fan of Telgemeier's graphic novels, especially Smile.

Ghosts is about a family relocating to a northern California town because the youngest sister has cystic fibrosis and the sea air will help her. But Catrina, the older sister, had no idea that there are ghosts in this town!

I appreciate that Telgemeier uses her work and art to educate readers about culture and health issues. So neat.

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Reading Round Up

Thanks for reading my blog this year! I hope I've put some fun books on your radar screen!

Again, I always appreciate your book recommendations.

I hope that you and your family have a happy holiday season. And that you have lots of good books to read. 

As I always do at the end of the year, I thought about all of the books I read this past year and my reading experiences, and here are the most notable.

Most Favorite Fiction of 2016:

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

This book consumed me. Loved everything about it, except for the loss of limbs.

Most Surprising Read:

My Life in France by Julia Child
I had no idea that this book was going to be SO good. Thanks to Grace for lending me her copy for years until I finally read it. :)

Other Favorite Fiction of the Year:

One Day by David Nicholls
I read this back in 2012, and again during the summer of 2016. Loved it both times.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Love Sittenfeld's writing, and love Jane Austen. And it's set in Cincinnati. I think it's the first book I've read set in Cincinnati.

By the way, have you heard of the card game, Marrying Mr. Darcy? It's a Pride and Prejudice role playing game! Just played it with Boomer the other night and looking forward to playing it with a bigger group of people. 

The Assistants by Camille Perri

 A super-fast one day kind of read.

Book That Changed My Home: 

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
My house looks different after reading this book. More quirky, plus I have a picture of Abraham Lincoln in the entry way now.

Most Ambitious Reading Experience:

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A very intense reading experience because of the subject matter and the looming library due date

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

It's the end of 2016, and I have a bunch of books I need to write posts about so I can close out this reading year! So I'll make this short!

This, along with being a riveting memoir, is an examination of the culture of poor, white Americans.

If you've wondered how Trump was elected, this book will probably be of interest to you. I encourage you to read it!