Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling : SUPER funny read. Very lighthearted, easy to get into and laugh out loud funny. Made me want to re-watch every episode of The Office (which we do anyways). Reading this book combatted the sleepless middle-of-the-night new mommy blues for me. My favorite quote from this book, which I excitedly wrote down to read to my husband later because I thought it might help him 'get me' was:
“I'm the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life.”
The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kid : I appreciate Sue Monk Kid's writing. She wrote the popular novel "A Secret Life of Bees" which is one of my favorites! The invention of wings is a powerful novel, it's historical and political and racial and very gripping. Having said that I found it to be a rather slow read.
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood : "Surfacing" was really wierd. It was a required read for my English course, otherwise I don't think I would have finished it. It's very ambiguous and hard to follow at times. The main character is on some sort of spiritual quest for identity and to deal with loss in her life. The elements of this novel that I appreciated were about outdoor survival abilities and getting-back-to-nature themes.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt : This was a great read! I have a long list of people I'm lending my copy out to, so I'm happy I bought the book when it was newly released. It's about the life of a young New Yorker whose life is turned upside down when he is a little boy. This novel is long and intense and sometimes hard to read yet hard to put down.
Hope in the Desperate Hour by David Adams Richard : Another required read for English class. Set in a small town in New Brunswick, this story is dismal and very realistic. I searched for the 'hope' the whole way through reading it and never found it.
Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King : This novel was very complex and kind of cool. It made me wish that I was way more well-read than I currently am as a lot of the historical references went over my head. It was another required read for English, but the most enjoyable and entertaining of the lot. King deals with difficult themes (Native and White relations in Canada) through the use of humor, but again - you have to know a lot about Canadian history to really get it.
Stolen Life by Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson : This is the least enjoyable book I have ever read. But the point was not for it to be enjoyed. It's both biographical and autobiographical and a brutal read about the life of Yvonne Johnson who was sentenced to prison for first degree murder (life 25). The trauma she endured as a child, teenager and woman is both heart wrenching and gut wrenching and always left me with a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach when I set the book down. Another required read for English.
This list appears rather short, certainly not enough reading to entertain me for a whole season, because I was assigned a couple of short stories/poems/or novellas to read every week for my English class which I ave not reviewed simply because it would take too long. After compiling this list, I can definitely say that I am excited for the Semester to come to a close so that I can pick some of my own reading material! I was forced to step outside of my usual and comfortable box through reading many of these books. However, I received credit towards my degree so there's that.
I enjoy reading, and starting my morning with coffee and a book just sets the day up right in my opinion. My husband and I both collect a lot of books and have an overflowing bookshelf which I am happy to say we have actually read most of, so now I rely on the library and lending from friends. I most enjoy reading books that have been recommended to me byothers, and devour Elise's (ha. I refer to her like we're totally friends and on first name basis ;) ) book reports. So I've decided to begin sharing my own!