I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was quite productive as I got some stuff ready for my upcoming trip. Of course now it’s all about which books to take. This is when I wish I had an eReader.
Anyway, I’ve been very behind on reviews and at this rate I probably won’t get a chance to write much of anything on the books as some are already fading fast but I thought I’d give you some quick summaries.
I found The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells to be an enjoyable YA read. Mia is sixteen-years-old and is spending the summer with her cousins but the closeness they once shared seems to be over. Now Mia just feels left out until she meets the boy next door. Love, friendship, betrayals, it’s all there. The only thing that didn’t quite work for me was the foreshadowing because it was pretty transparent that something bad was going to happen at some point. (This was an ARC).
The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell is a graphic memoir. The author is on a hunt for the truth about her father. As she uncovers more of his past she realizes that their whole life was built on lies. I loved the bright and colorful drawings. I was so into the story I think I read it in one day. The only thing I kept thinking though at the end was that I don’t think I could have ever exposed my family in such a way. Especially as she had other sisters and they seemed to want to keep things quiet. (My personal copy).
A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon. This was a harrowing account of how one woman decided to do something about the horrific situation that is going on in the Congo. Lisa Shannon put everything aside in her life to start running to raise funds for women in the Congo. Finally she knows she has to journey there to see what it’s really like. It’s hard for me to really “rate” this book because there were some chapters that I didn’t really like and I felt some of the urgency was lost, on the whole though I have to say this is a must read for anyone. If you like more information on Lisa’s organization you can read about it here. (Library copy).
Oxygen by Carol Cassella. Most of us have had anesthesia or will have it at one point so if you want to know what happens when you go out, read this book. It is fascinating and okay, a bit scary too, but the author, who in real life is also an anesthesiologist, makes this so easy to read and become interested in. The novel is about an anesthesiologist who loses a child and how everything she’s worked so hard for starts to fall apart. A very good read.
So those are some of the books I’ve been reading. Two of them even count for challenges, yay. I hope you guys are reading some great books. Again, I’m sorry I’ve been such a bad blog friend lately. I do want to try and pop in and visit before I take off on vacation so I hope to do so.