When school ends and I run out of things to do, I turn to books. This summer I read quite a few due to the fact that I knew I was moving out of the country and shouldn’t do any new art projects or home improvement. So here’s the list.
I feel like I should have a disclaimer about my book selection. Before I left, I realized that my membership at both the Richland Library and the Mid-Columbia Library had expired. When you move every year, you can maintain your membership in both because they last for two years, but I must have slipped up when living in Benton City last year. Anyway I could only update my Richland account because that’s what my address was. It turns out that Richland’s online assortment of books is much more limited than Mid-Columbia. So after placing several things on hold that I actually wanted to read, I ended up getting a few to try out. Many of them came from the “most popular” section…
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. This is the reason for my disclaimer. I hadn’t really intended to read an adult romance novel, but this one was quite well written. I’m sure many of you are thinking, but look at the author, you should have known. I don’t pay attention to authors’ names. It’s a bad habit but it’s true for actors, composers, and singers too. It was very intriguing and hard to put down. It’s a good book if you like that kind of book…
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. To be honest, I don’t think I even finished the book. It was quite wordy, hard to follow and I eventually gave up and watched the movie instead. Shh. Don’t tell.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I loved this book! I know they’re making (already made?) a movie out of it. I can’t imagine it’ll be any good, but the book had everything in it. Adventure, comedy, grief, celebration, depression, even a little romance. I was all ready to pack my bags and head out into the wilderness by the time I finished. (I decided to go to Egypt instead)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. I really didn’t have any idea what I was getting into with this one. Mentioned in conversation around a campfire, I decided to check it out. You get a history lesson along with an amazing story of a racehorse, his owner, and his jockey. This one was also very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Non-Fiction book about people’s habits. It was absolutely fascinating. Ronnie probably got bored of me talking about all the different things involved with habits, but I thought it was quite a good way to pass time driving to Seattle. Almost like a self-help book, but also incredibly interesting.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. This book was kinda blah. Not very exciting and now I can’t even remember how it ended. No recommendation from me on this one.
In the Woods by Tana French. This book is written in first person and I began reading it from the perspective of a woman. It was very weird when I realized that it wasn’t a woman. It would be interesting to investigate why that happened… Recommended by a friend from the last book blog I wrote, I finally found it. Once again I should learn to research my books (or possibly just look at the over before reading them) as it would have been helpful to see the part that says Dublin Murder Squad Series. A thrilling mystery that ends a bit disappointingly, but left me wanting to read more. I will most likely look for more books from this author.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. We’re doing our first unit at school on migration and this looked like an excellent book to read aloud. However, as I began to read a simple book to my class, I quickly realized that they’re vocabulary is quite limited. I am still hoping to read a portion of the book to the class, but the whole thing would take far to long, trying to explain everything. I preread it for school but really ended up enjoying it. A heartwarming story. It’s books like these that I hesitate to read to my class because I might start crying in the process.