Monday, April 18, 2011

Books We're Reading - April Edition

Read a good book lately?  We've read a couple so I thought I'd share them with you.

Jack is into the Julie of The Wolves Series by Jean Craighead George.  She's recently finished the third book (still waiting for the fourth book to come out) of The Mysterious Benedict Society.  I personally love this series!

We're still reading Tom Sawyer aloud.  Just haven't found much time to read together though we're down to the last few chapters.  Not sure what the next read aloud book will be.  Maybe a re-read of Anne of Green Gables?

I've finished a couple of books recently - nothing mind bending or educational.  I finished The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather by Alexandra Potter. A very quick read with a cute story line.  Imagine meeting your 21 year old self ten years later!  My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame.  This book genre is not normally something I'd read - it's a romance that stretches from 6th century Africa up till today.  It was actually a pretty good read and encompasses time travel in a sense but the idea of being born over and over again.  I enjoyed the two main characters, Daniel and Sophia.  The story is very predictable but as you get closer to the ending it takes a darker turn and ends fairly satisfying but not predictable.  I've heard there is a second book to come.

If also read Stop Getting Ripped Off.  Why Consumer's Get Screwed by Bob Sullivan  a very insightful book on how the American consumer is constantly ripped off and steps we can take on how to stop it.  It's one of those books that makes you say "hmmmm" and makes you wonder how much money you're wasting and how often you're being scammed by banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and even your cable or satellite provider!

Right now I'm reading Island Beneath The Sea by Isabel Allende.  It's a novel about St Domingue just prior to the Haitian Revolution.  I'm not sure how to describe the novel as it's about culture and the class system, slavery, voodoo, romance, slave life, rural life, and then Creole life in NOLA.  So far I'm enjoying it and it has an interesting cast of characters.

My husband is reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand of Seabiscuit  fame. He seems to be enjoying it though with him it's hard to tell.  Prior to that he read the North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters by Sig Hansen of Deadliest Catch fame.

If anyone has any good book suggestions for any of us please let us know!  I'll pretty much read anything though I'm not a fan of romance novels, Harry Potter, or the Twilight series of books!

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