Okay, it seems that I’ve been busier than I thought. Although I’ve not read everything on my list so far, I have been reading!
In order to get caught up quickly on the FIR 2008 challenge, I’m going to do a super fast recap of some of the books that I’ve read over the past few weeks. Y’all will forgive some slightly less detailed descriptions, won’t you?
Blindness by Jose Saramago – I thought this book was highly interesting and the story made me extremely pensive for the longest time. Imagine the entire world goes blind… except you. What an original, thought-provoking and disheartening book! I liked it… and yet – I will never read another book by Saramago because he has no regard to punctuation, capital letters or run on sentences. It was intensive just trying to differentiate what one character was saying and how another character was responding. Liked the content, but not the style.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - This book is the first of a trilogy written for young teens. I read it because my daughter showed vast interest in reading it and I wanted to see what was calling her so greatly. I loved it! Westerfeld, writing in a sci-fi frame of mind, did a fabulous job of writing against society’s belief that everyone should be beautiful and the same. He wrote it in such a way that the intended reader (tweeners, remember?) will see the value of being uniquely themselves in a world that preaches conformity. I’ve been waiting for the second book in the series for weeks now and as I’ve been #1 on the waiting list for some time, I’m hoping that it will arrive this weekend so that I can read the remaining two books before the end of the challenge.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Oh! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book! Look for it to be on my “Great Desserts” page soon. Set in the early 1900s right before WWI, follow Francie, a young school girl, as she grows up in Brooklyn among the poor. Though poor in finances, she is rich in family, mind and imagination. The title is so absolutely beautiful and fitting once you get to the end of this heartwarming tale. Love it and it will be staying on my shelf!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – For years this book has been recommended to me by a great number of you. I cannot tell you why, but each time I picked it up, I thought “Naaaah” and quickly put it down. Finally I sat down to read it and immediately I knew that I had been wrong all these years! Fantastic is all I really want to say about it, but I will tell some of you out there that if all you want to read are happy, no-problems-ever sort of read, stay away from this story. Though it ends very well, the path getting there is tumultuous and emotional at times. Well worth the effort!
Daniel, Hosea and Joel by God - There’s something about reading the books of the Bible straight through that gets to me. Not only does it inspire me to think outside myself, but it also helps me to see the glory of God through his own words. Though my feeble mind struggles to even grasp a smidgen of his goodness, it’s encouraging to me to see what others have struggled against and still remain faithful and devoted to the One who knows the plan from beginning all the way to the end. Plus, once you start in, it’s hard to stop! I’m in Micah now and I’m hoping to make it to the end of the Old Testament before year end.
A few extra reads:
The Shack – Not the best writing by any means, but I love the take on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and what it really means for them to be One.
Fearless Fourteen – This is a completely frivolous read that is pure fun. I love Stephanie and her slap-happy ways. I don’t know how much longer Evanovich can keep the series going, but it sure is fun while it lasts…
The Witness – Okay, I have to say it. I just can’t get into Dee Henderson. I’ve given her a couple of chances and by the time the last page is read, I have this overwhelming sense of relief that it’s over – that’s not a good thing. Her writing is predicable and unoriginal – I knew who the killer was from the moment the “murderer” was introduced. The details are tedious and I just wanted everything to be resolved about 100 pages earlier… Sorry to disappoint some of you. I’d really appreciate if you’d keep your rotten tomatoes to yourself.
I’ve read some others, but my brain is fried right now. I can’t think of them.
You know what that means, don’t you? I need to have some more book suggestions… Come on, share and share alike!