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Here’s what I’ve read so far this year. I’m definitely thinking about adding a permanent post about books I’ve read.
1. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares – Yes, I confess. I love the Traveling Pants books. I read the first one a million years ago, but this year I’ve knocked out 2 and 3 and am reading #4. It’s not what I normally read, but they’re fun.
2. Dear Exile by Hilary Loftin and Kate Montgomery – This book is a collection of letters between two friends: one in NYC and one who is teaching in Africa. (It’s nonfiction.) I wasn’t blown away by it or anything, but it was interesting, especially to see the juxtaposition of the two.
3. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares – See #1.
4. Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson – I loved, loved, loved, LOVED her first book, Astrid and Veronika. I wasn’t quite as swept away by this one, but it was still excellently put together and a very striking story.
6. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue – Really imaginative read about changelings. I can’t even explain it, but it was fascinating. I just really enjoy reading something different than the norm. (Water for Elephants is one that comes to mind.)
7. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – a reread for me, but it had been a long time. One of the best, honest books on writing in the world!
9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – By far, the best book I have read in years. It’s written from the viewpoint of Death. It’s about the Holocaust and a family’s tribulations. It is heart-wrenching and lovely and full of imagination. FANTASTIC. Please read it!
11. The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvery Karp – Happiest Baby on the Block was one of the only parenting books I read early on. I find his tips to be very useful and correct. I wasn’t quite as enamored with this one, but I do find myself following some of his suggestions a lot of times!
12. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult – It was funny, after I finished this Picoult my best friend and I were chatting about which of hers we liked and didn’t like. It turns out, mostly the ones I like she didn’t and vice versa. Haha. I liked this one, but not as much as My Sister’s Keeper or Second Glance or The Pact.
13. Blessings by Anna Quindlen – ironically, I think this was the first book I got from Paperback Swap–in 2006. And I finally read it a few weeks ago. I adore Anna Quindlen, and this book was another gem.
14. French Milk by Lucy Knisley- my aforementioned aunt gave this to me at Christmas to read. It’s a graphic novel, a cartooned journal of a young woman’s trip to Paris with her mother. Although it was a different kind of read for me, I wasn’t a big fan. There wasn’t much depth to the tale. I wasn’t there. But it was OK!
Have you read anything good lately? And does anyone actually like my book reviews, or do I do it for myself?