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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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It's been over a month since we got back from our vacation (though I felt like we need a vacation after our vacation... since the was a very packed 3 weeks.) Work had gotten busy, house and car stuff that needed taken care of, and Husband J's 92 year old grandma gotten sick... and eventually passed away 3 weeks ago. While it was very sad, but she is not suffering anymore. It was so hard to see her in pain.

Throughout all that, I still found time to read. Reading is definitely a good escape. This past week had been a bit slow in reading due to work, but I am determined to finish The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction) by Tuesday, as I need to return it then. I am about half way through and it is fascinating so I don't think it'd be a problem to finish it! I have this on my TBR but didn't think I'll read it so soon - but I found that a group of people (I don't know who they are!) at my (big) company is hosting a book discussion about this book on 5/18, and I want to join in! Since I work in healthcare, this will be an interesting discussion as it involves ethics and research and race and history and science... This is shaping up to be one of my favorite books this year!

On the same night (5/18) is also my local book club discussion on Loving Frank. I haven't read it yet (when I read it too soon, I tend to forget the details! So I decide from now on I'll start reading the book about a week before our meeting). So this will be up next. I don't know a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright apart from liking his architecture style (but not an expert on architecture!) so I'm looking forward to reading it. This month we'll also find out what books the group has chosen for July 2010 to June 2010. We received a list of 40 or so book suggestions back in March (we could submit choices), and gave our 15-20 picks to the librarian last month. So we'll find out in a week or so! I can't wait!! The June choice is The Accidental Tourist which I haven't heard of.

And I have 37 library books waiting for me to read too... they're screaming Pick Me! Pick Me! on the floor.  I wish I could be a full time reader! I wish I could read faster! There are some I want to read more than others. But hopefully I could get to most of them before they are due. Some of them are (not in any order):

Fiction:
  • Molokai: A Novel
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • The last will of Moira Leahy 
  • Flowers for Algernon 
  • The housekeeper and the professor 
  • Kindred
  • Poison study 
  • Ender's game 

Non-Fiction:

  • The autobiography of an execution 
  • Danger to self : on the front line with an ER psychiatrist 
  • Hannah's gift : lessons from a life fully lived 
  • House lust : America's obsession with our homes 
  • A purse of your own : an easy guide to financial security 
  • Building a meal : from molecular gastronomy to culinary constructivism 
  • Gumbo tales : finding my place at the New Orleans table 
  • Nature's secret messages : hidden in plain sight 
  • Cookoff : recipe fever in America 
  • What Einstein told his cook : kitchen science explained

Have you read any of them? Any must-read? I know I know, it's subjective :)

4 comments:

  1. I read Loving Frank and LOVED it. It's a creative take on his life and it is so well-written. I could not put it down.

    I also love the Handmaid's Tale. It's a great dystopian read (I'm a fan of that genre).

    Good luck reading all of your great selections!

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know all too well how hard that can be. The hardest part for me is knowing I won't see her again.

    Amen to vacations after vacations and reading escapes.

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  3. Ender's Game is quite good, though it's been years since I read it. Poison Study is not perfect, but I enjoyed it.

    I really want to read Kindred, hopefully sometime this year.

    - Christy

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  4. @Mrs DeRaps - glad you like Loving Frank! I look forward to reading it. So far the book club selection has just been so-so for me (granted, I just joined in Jan, and missed March) but I want to be not so negative at each meeting lol :) I haven't read many dystopian until this year (6 so far) and I am liking this genre a lot!

    @Juju - I know what you mean :( I did well at the funeral until my FIL gave the eulogy and needed to stop a few times to collect himself... my tears just won't stop then.

    @Christy -Will include Ender's Game and Poison Study then!! Thanks!

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