Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Reading

What have you read this summer?
Here's my list:

The Space Beween Us

by Thrity Umrigar

If you are into eastern culture's and learning more about the class system in India...This is for you! The book delves into the complicated female relationships of the day to day middle class and servant class. While I appreciated the rich concepts, insights and wonderful writing, this book was not my favorite read. I found it to be terribly depressing and somewhat hopeless.

Rocket Boys

by Homer H. Hickam Jr.

This one was fun! You may remember the movie October Sky? It was based on this book. I loved it. It is a great coming of age story from the 50's and a time when we were just entering the race's to the moon and nuclear arms. The Cold War was in full swing and the Sock Hop was the social networking tool. This is a story about how boys become men that go on to do great things and which helped to make America the country that we are!

Highly recommend this one!!

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

What can I say? I never read this in high school so I made it the summer selection for our Girl Friends Book Club. I'm really glad I did because I never would have forced myself to read it other wise. At first, I really didn't enjoy it. I found it very difficult with a lot of assumed definitions and facts about that time. I did cut myself some slack by buying the Barnes and Nobel Classic Edition. It has a lot of editorial helps that really did explain so much for me.
By the time that I got to the Third Book I was thoroughly enjoying it. It is such a wonderful love story. If you have a lot of fortitude I recommend it. But this is not your light summer read.

I'm just saying!

Our selection for September?

The Help

by Kathryn Sockett

I'm adding my post to Ricki Jill's Reading party.
What we're Reading. Check it out.... some great ideas on books....

Until next time....Here's turning the page with you!


Kim's Treasures said...

The Help was really, really good! I am sad that I'm done reading it already!

I started reading A Dog's Purpose but I decided I really didn't like knowing the gross things going on in my dog's heads! So, I put that book down.

I'm searching for a new book to start on now.

Thanks for sharing your reviews!


Ricki Treleaven said...

Thanks so much for linking to our reading party! :D You have a great list for summer, and I have always wanted to read Rocket Boys, but now I will definitely try to read it either this fall or winter. :D

I loved The Help, book and movie!

Thanks for sharing your summer reading with us!

Ricki Jill

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You make me want to read something so bad! The Help is calling me!!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I just finished Waterfall.


I know it's not your typical genre but you should SO try it:

It's got romance, history, and adventure.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I should totally try to get my hands on The Help.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the movie October Sky so I think I would like that book! And you will REALLY enjoy The Help! It's one of my MOST favorite books ever! ♥

Laura said...

I love the movie October Sky. I bet the book is so much better. I've heard great things about A Tale of Two Cities, but I never managed to read it. Not sure I could do Dickens right now.

LindyLouMac said...

Calling by as another Empty Nester and a participant in the What We Are Reading Linky Party. I am not familiar with the first two authors you mention, but of course you will not be surprised that I am with the third and like his writing. As for The Help this title keeps popping up so often, that I have moved it almost to the top of Mt TBR. Good to meet you and I will be back. :) said...

I really enjoyed the movie October Sky so I'm sure I'd enjoy the book. I hear it's fantastic. Enjoy The Help! It was my favorite book that I read in 2010. Thanks so much for linking up to our reading party this month!

Lisa said...

I did manage to read A Tale of Two Cities in high school and loved it! All that unrequited love.:) You will enjoy The Help ,Liz. It's a great read!

Melissa said...

I love Dickens - the only one of his books that I've read that I had to put down for a long time before I could finish it was Bleak House.

I know you read Anna Karenina awhile back. I saw the Masterpiece theater movie recently and it is good - makes me want to read the book again.

For my church book club I've read:

Faith Like Potatoes by Angus Buchan
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
Predator by Terri Blackstock

For my literary book club I've read:

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (second reading for me as I read it for myself last year)

With my girls I've read:

Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley (I think you would like this - very old-fashioned and sweet)
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

For myself I've read:

The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Bridgette Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
The Dark Side of Charles Darwin by Jerry Bergman

In preparation for homeschooling I've read:

Say Goodbye to Whining by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr
The Charlotte Mason Reader by Karen Andreola

ANNE said...

A Tale of Two Cities is my favourite Dickens' novel. :)

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