How did that happen?? Tuesday list of books, on Wednesday…..

Well time flies when you’re busy!

I am behind on the posts I wanted to do last week – I still want to put up photos of Jack Layton’s funeral and the memorial graffiti.   I will, but I literally just realized that I totally forgot it was the first Tuesday of the month yesterday!  I had an appointment with a naturopath for my “tennis elbow” on my mind, so I wasn’t thinking of anything else.  Sorry!

So, without further ado:

The (delayed!) list for the first Tuesday of the Month

 

Books - a "real" one and an e-book on the Kindle (laying on the Kindle sleeve!).

I had a chance to do some reading this summer, which is one of my favorite things to do.  I always have a book on the go, even if my only chance to squeeze some reading in is just before I go to sleep!   The local library had an “Plotluck Adult Summer Reading Challenge” again this year and I took part.  They ask you to “broaden you reading selections”.  I tried to but I did indulge in a couple of choices I knew I would like.  You have to rate them as well, out of 5 stars.

Here is my list:

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:  I gave it 4 out of 5.  I really enjoyed it, even though I am not religious in any manner!  In fact, I then read his other novel “Brida“, which I enjoyed too.
  2. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen, specifically the poem “Thousand Kisses Deep”.  5 stars out of 5!  You haven’t lived until you hear Leonard recite this.  WOW.  It is still beautiful as the printed word.  This obviously was a self indulgent choice!  **
  3. Summer House by Nancy Thayer: I gave this 4 out of 5.  I liked this book.  It is “light” fiction.  I would never have picked it up except for the fact that the library had it in the reading challenge display, so I thought I’d give it a chance.
  4. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson.  I gave it 4 out of 5.  Another indulgence, this book was a Christmas present (with the Kindle).  I love Bill Bryson’s writing, and he’s in full form in this book.  He uses the house/home as the beginning point to go off onto all sorts of weird and wonderful tangents.  You really learn a lot reading this book – in fact I was able to use something I learned in a conversation this past weekend!  As a subset of this list I read Bill Bryson’s short biography of Shakespeare last summer and liked it a lot as well.  It covers the essentials including controversies about his life without being an academic treatise.  **
  5. The Boy on the Back of the Turtle by Paul Quarrington.  I gave this 3 out of 5.  I feel guilty not giving a Canadian author a higher rating, but I think this book could have been better.  I definitely would not have read this if it hadn’t been in the library’s display for this challenge.
  6. Finally, for the challenge I read the whole series that Douglas Adams called the Hitchhikers Trilogy, even though there are 5 books in the series!  The series includes: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish; and Mostly Harmless.  I would give them 4 out of 5, only because some of the tangents in the later books were confusing.  But over all I LOVED these books.  So crazy and funny. **

** = highly recommended!

 

Well, there’s my list maybe there is something you’d like to try on it!  Have you been reading anything that you would recommend to me?  I’d like to know ’cause I’m between books….

Valerie

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