One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseine (had previously red The Kite Runner)
I went on a kick with books that would become movies in 2014 and read:
Serena, Unbroken, The Fault in Our Stars, Labor Day
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
“We must see all scars as beauty.” This is the human experience. We all have stories. Some more tragic than others. Some more appalling and horrid. Yet, for all our differences, we are all human. We feel sadness and pain. We laugh and play. We get scared and make choices that maybe we wish we could take back. We forgive. We want to make it better. In that we are connected. Little Bee is a tale sharing two narratives of two woman’s lives connecting through devastating circumstances around the realities of injustices in our world and the choices we make and the outcomes they bring about. And even though some of the characters were difficult to tolerate, Little Bee and Sarah draw us in as they move through their experiences of sadness and hope and understanding. And in the end we find tragedy and hope existing simultaneously.
Cool By the Pool Summer Reads!
Ha! I really don’t lay by the pool, more under the shade of my back deck! And with a cool beverage is always nice! Or, I can be found loafing with my big dud (big dane) on the couch unconsciously ignoring the children! No, really, I usually have little clue of their doings when I’m absorbed in a book- terrible mother of the year, I know! But mostly, I love when I corral them and we gather snuggled in for a family read! My absolute favorite.
So, if you wish, check through my summer reads. I’m sure some will be more enjoyable than others, but all will be an experience, whether blowing snores or conjuring up the ability to produce deft ears!
To reading and reading some more… cheers!
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Another read that became a movie. Again, no clue! First and foremost, this novel is a hit with me because these people drink my kind of tea and a lot of it. Black tea, milk and sugar. What’s not to love! Actually, not finished, be back when I do finish the read. Okay, I’m back. I’ve finished. And hello happy ending. Very simple. Nothing stand-out-ish, which is a perfect fit and tribute the the characters and story. I found this book almost depressing around the hard and unfulfilling lives these characters lead. Yet, I love the contrast between the often dismal gray landscape and trying events and the warmth of the people in this community doing for each other and creating that human connection.
World War Z by Max Brooks
Someone recommended this book a while back after I read Dog Stars, so I borrowed it from the local library. Well, I didn’t get around to reading it and returned it. About a month later I went to check it out again and was stupefied to realize that there were about 5 holds. What? At that time I didn’t even know it was a movie. I should’ve just read it the first time it came out. Well, two months later I got my chance to read through it. Can’t watch the movie until I do!
Well, if you like Zombies or not, or epidemics, or human survival and persistence, or post apocalyptic earth, or what if’s in this world, than this book is for you. Written through a collection of interviews, Brooks not only sheds light on the hush hush world of political power, the utter devastation that led to WWZ, but he also takes us into the depths of the spirit of humanity. Some gruesome, but most uniting to overcome and persist. It’s this spirit, with knowledge shared, that helps eradicate the undead. But not completely. As the world reflects and mends, many zombies still lurk in the depths. Will they evolve? Will there be a zombie comeback?
Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Icy Sparks, a strong spirited little girl, is given a mountain of obstacles to overcome. But she is not left to do it alone. Croaks and ticks that no one in her small town can understand, leaves her ridiculed, left out, and at times lonely. This funny, quick witted girl will have laughing and crying throughout the sto. Through her many challenges and struggles, she learns to find happiness and comfort in herself and those around her. This funny, quick witted girl will have you laughing and crying through the book.
Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Sometimes absurd and outlandish, sometimes drawn out and philosophical, and at times laugh out loud funny, this is a read I am glad I finally got around to reading. If you can believe it, it has taken me this long to finally finish this book, though I’ve owned it most of my adult life. I’ve started numerous times only to have life happen and the book loose itself back in the cluster of others, to disappear for years at a time. So, finally, when I reintroduced myself to the Woodpecker, the princess, the king and queen, and possibly my favorite character, Gulietta, I was pleasantly surprised. I found the story itself to be funny, however, there were some drawn out moments that maybe didn’t need to be so. That said, I am a redhead, so how could I not come back to this story. Maybe just because addressing the problem of redheads is always intriguing. And those redheads are an intriguing lot! The Woodpecker states in his understanding of the Camel pack, “CHOICE (is) the difference between emptiness and substance, between a life actually lived and a wimpy shadow cast on an office wall.” They sought to live life! As did Gulietta, proving a drastic disparity from the king and queen. So, to choosing the life we wish to live!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald
Yeah, okay, need I say more! This was an intended summer reread, seeing as it’s been nearly two decades since the first read. I wouldn’t want to see the latest movie without rereading this classic novel. So, in two days time I tore through this fascinating and reckless tale of love, sex, and lavish parties. Nick, detached yet intrigued by this grandiose world, is our constant in a world of drama where unfortunate realties exist and unfold, a world of money, greed, and loneliness. Can’t beat that in an event filled storyline. And, is it not just simply fun trying to place yourself back in historical contexts. Trying to consider what that world might look like today!
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
I actually read this book just before summer (my man is reading it now), but I felt it should be added simply because I fully absorbed myself into this post-apocalyptic tale. I do admit this is one of my favorite genres. Ever read “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. Well, as much as I enjoyed that tale of father and son existing a harrowing journey trying to survive, I couldn’t help but to wrap myself around the potential destruction of the planet that led them to this fate. “The Dog Stars” share of the destruction that led to such bleak days. I love the reality that exists in this tale of a man, his dog, and a brut of a man surviving the end of days after a pandemic wiped nearly the entire population from Earth. It is a story you can see to fruition in actual time with new flus and bacteria concerns arising with each new moon. This tale reminds of life worth living every day – to the end.