read me: way behind.

i haven’t caught you up on what i have been reading in quite a long time. remember when i started that book club? well, we had 2 meetings and…kaput! sad, really. i want to revive it because we had a great group of ladies reading, discussing and thinking together! of course “life” gets in the way. all good (well, mostly good) life things keep us busier than we might like to think we are. we try to plan this or that, and eventually one thing at a time falls by the wayside.

i do continue to read A LOT, though, even if i don’t have anyone to talk with about each book. i will try to remember all the books i have read since last posting a “read me” here. wow…i just checked back through my posts and july 7th was the last time i posted about the books i had read! that’s a LOT of catching up to do!

here goes…in no particular order!

1. swamplandia

three children have lived secluded lives on a small tourist/amusement island in the everglades until their lives are shaken by the sudden loss of their mother. the oldest, kiwi, runs away thinking he can save his family financially, the middle child, osceola, begins a relationship with a mysterious  (and questionably real) man. and after their father disappears onto the mainland, ava (the youngest) sets out into the dangerous swamp to search for and save her sister. this is a story of a family thrown into chaos, all dealing with their loss in the ways they know best. i enjoyed the fantasy and adventure but not-s0-much the ending…

2. shanghai girls

i loved learning facts about shanghai and san francisco in the late 1930’s. i had no idea immigrants were both pushed from shanghai and also kept from entering the united states. what a confusing and wrought time in history. the sisters in this book made me angry in turn. one makes a sacrifice and the other holds that over her head…this goes back and forth throughout their lives. they swing from pure love for each other to mean jealousy, it is both maddening and heartbreaking to read about their relationship. as they grow together in their new country they push and pull and ultimately cling to one another. this is a raw depiction of sisterhood that made me think about and look more closely at  my own sister-relationship as well as other sisters i know. good read-thought provoking, but very sad too.

3. animal dreams

animal dreams is a beautiful tale about a young woman’s journey back home after many years of doing all she could to stay away. once home, she finds and confronts old hurts, old loves, old friends, old memories. she reconciles some, heals some and hurts some. this is another perfectly written story by barbara kingsolver that completely resonates with me, my life, my experiences…i loved it!

4. sookie stackhouse: dead in the family

eh. i have written before about how addicting these books are…but this one disappointed me. it was pretty boring, actually. it took me a long time to get through it and just felt like a “oh, i have a deadline but no good ideas” kind of book. so, eh.

5. let the great world spin

wonderful! heartbreaking and real and raw and beautiful! this book is a string of stories all connected by one man’s act on a morning in new york city. it doesn’t try too hard or push to far…this book is absolutely perfect story telling!

6. sookie stackhouse: dead reckoningbetter than the last one. maybe i’m just over sookie for awhile?!

 *i know there are more books on that list….but for now this is all i can think of! on my to-read bookshelf right now:

miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children

hector and the search for happiness

bossypants

never let me go

hopefully i will get through some of these next week while on vacation! it will feel so weird to have time to read….or will i?

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