Current Reads IV

I tell you guys, I like a good book.

Here’s hoping you do, too.

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book

This book moved me.

It’s about a book–a Haggadah, or a Jewish text that sets forth the Passover Seder. This story jumps through time as going back and forth from past to present. In the present, a book conservationist is involved with the Haggadah; the past stores track the life of the book through it’s history from the 1400’s to the late 1900’s.

There were times while reading this that I could stop the tears. (TMI?) No, really. Reading about the racial injustice and persecution that these ethnic groups faced was horrific and unfortunately true.

Such a good book–I didn’t want it to end. It’s really one to savor.

Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin

Michael Tolliver Lives

Number seven in the Tales of the City series (more on that later), Maupin revisits the Tales characters 18 years after the last book. Unlike the other books, this one is written in an intimate, first-person narrative.

It follows Michael Tolliver, a man who has lived with AIDs for many years after most of his friends (and husband) died in the 1980’s as the disease first swept the country. It’s beautifully written and easy to read; you also don’t have to have read the previous books to know whats going on.

The Collectors by David Baldacci

The Collectors

I love a good plot line–especially when espionage occurs in the oddest places. Like the Library of Congress.

And David Baldacci writes a good plot line. I’ve just recently discovered him, but have been voraciously consuming everything that I possibly can by him. This is not the last you’ll of him from me.

Anyways–there are 2 distinct plot lines here (that of course become intertwined):

1. Espionage, murders, rare books, and the Library of Congress

2. A female con who swindles $40 million from the guy who murdered her mother–who happens to own the biggest casino in Atlantic City

If you’re not hooked, you don’t deserve to finish reading this post.

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

Howard’s End

This book has been called Forster’s “masterpiece.” Here’s what I think: I tried reading A Room With a View and got to page 89 (after falling asleep twice) and there still wasn’t a plot line so I quit. And I haven’t read Maurice yet. So I agree–(thus far) Howard’s End is the masterpiece.

Ok, so this book is mostly about class struggle in England at the turn of the century. It also explores relationships between 3 families: a wealthy family, a comfortable (but not rich by any means) family, and a struggling family.

Read it. Then go watch the movie (it’s got Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson (love!), Helena Bonham Carter, and Vanessa Redgrave).

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

I did a real bad thing.

I watched HBO’s version of this before reading the book. Normally I scoff at people who do this–but people, there are so many damn characters in the book that without the miniseries I’d be totally lost. I’m still in the process of reading this so I can’t say 100% that it’s a good read but I’m far enough to say with 99% certainty that it is.

There are so many plot lines going on in this book that I’m not even going to try to explain it all to you. Just watch the miniseries. Then read the book. It’s (of course) better.

Plus it’s the first of a series (A Song of Fire and Ice) so you’re going to want to keep reading.

Even if it’s just to find out who dies.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess

A children’s book about loving yourself and walking away from negative relationships. And it stars a feisty princess–who doesn’t love rambunctious royalty?

If this book were a song, it would be my jam.

suck it, martha.

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