You might remember me discussing my son’s book challenge, which I took on as my own. 30 books 10 months.
The previous post gave a summary for the first 10 books I read. Without further ado, here are 11 through 21:
1. Untouchable Chicago
By Don Fielding
This is a book based on the mob tours given in Chicago. It was an easy read but I liked finding out little details on some of the lesser known Chicago mobsters.
2. The Recipe Club: A Novel About Food and Friendship
By Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel
I liked this book. It’s letters between two girlfriends, growing up and trying to find their way. It’s funny to see how selfishness and jealousy shows itself when you don’t even realize it. The ending was not what I expected.
3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
By Michael Singer
Loved, loved, loved this book. It’s a self-help book to finding the real you (don’t say I didn’t warn you). But, it’s so good. Great ideas if you can implement them.
4. A Girl Like You
By Maria Geraci
This is an easy read book. The story is fine. The girl is so self-doubting though it made it tough to believe sometimes. She was so happy when a boy liked her she immediately liked them. I wouldn’t let my daughter read this (if she could read). You don’t have to date someone just because they might be interested in you.
5. Friendly Fire: A Duet
By A.B. Yehoshua
I didn’t love this. This book left me feeling like I wasn’t smart enough to read it. Why? Because I couldn’t figure out the point. Lots of stuff happened but that’s life. I felt like there was a hidden meaning that I was missing. It was originally written in Hebrew and I’ve read some reviews that say it loses something in the translation. Well, that made me feel a little better.
6. The Glass Castle: A Memoir
By Jeannette Walls
I read Jeannette’s first book Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
awhile ago and loved it. That book is about her grandmother’s life. This book is about her own childhood. I was excited to read it. Here’s what I’ll say, if you are feeling sorry for yourself, read this book. I don’t think most people could imagine having such a tough time. Although her parents are completely and utterly neglectful (really, beyond reproach), she does make them likable. It’s a good read.
7. Little Bee: A Novel
By Chris Cleave
Another story about a girl’s life I find difficult to imagine. This book is about Little Bee, a young African girl, whose life becomes entwined with a couple from the UK. I loved her and in the end, as much I wanted to like the UK woman, I couldn’t. I found her a self-absorbed idiot, which left me with a bad taste. Little Bee is so resilient though, I liked it anyway.
8. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
By Gretchen Rubin
This is a very popular book. There’s already a second one out – Happiness Home. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. The concept was great but then it fell short for me. I loved those parts of when she told about how hard something was to actually do for more than a minute but there weren’t enough of those. Maybe I was disappointed because enough didn’t change for her in the end (although she did get a best-selling book out of it). Also, I was annoyed because she said she was going to try EVERYthing but then flat-out refused to try mediation, which sooo many people find helpful.
Do not recommend
9. The Piano Teacher: A Novel
By Janice Y. K. Lee
This was a good book. It takes place in Hong Kong during the war. I hadn’t read anything from this period from this perspective. I think the name doesn’t fit the book at all but none the less, the book was interesting and informative. One of the main characters, although completely self-involved was extremely likable. It seems to me, if you have a likable character, I will probably like your book.
10. The Bungalow: A Novel
By Sarah Joi
This book had me from the start. A young girl with her whole life ahead of her decides to postpone her upcoming wedding in order to volunteer as a nurse for the army during World War II. Her parents (and fiancée) support her decision especially since she is going with her best friend. She goes to Bora-Bora. This has everything I want: romance, living your best life, friendship, experiencing life, travel, doing the right thing, an exotic destination and…a likable character. The story gets much more involved from there and has a happy ending (another thing I’m a sucker for).
So there are my next 10 books!
Only 10 left until I complete the challenge! Exciting!!