Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quick Recap of Books I Have Read Recently

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith
This book was about the middle daughter in a family dominated by women.  There were some great relationships in the book and I didn't want to stop reading it.  There is a very strong Christian message in the book, but that made me like it even more.  
The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly
This memoir about a man with a very addicted personality.  He stops doing drugs and drinking pretty much cold turkey and starts running.  I found the book inspiring even if I don't have the vices that Mishka obviously has, nor the ability/determination to run as far.
Ryan's Return by Barbara Freethy
Another romance that is well written.  The book is about a family in a small town near a river.  The story follows a man and his estranged family.  Again there was some mystery and excitement that kept the book really interesting.
Mrs. Jones by B.A Morton
This is the first book I read on my new Kindle Fire.  
**As a side note I LOVE my kindle.  It is very similar to an iPad, but much more reasonably priced.  I can read both of my magazine subscriptions on the Kindle.  Also, because I am a Amazon Prime member, I can borrow books and movies for free.  All the books above I read for free, which is great because I am really trying to cut back on buying books.  I have been trying to save the money, and more importantly space, by borrowing.  The only thing I don't like about the Kindle is that I cannot share the books with my family and friends.**
This book was a romance, but one of the better ones I have read.  There is a lot of mystery in the book plus some of those "aww" moments that come along with romances.  Plus who wouldn't like a book with the name Jones in it!!
In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
In The Garden of Beasts was for our December meetup.  This book was also a nonfiction book.  This book was about William Dodd and his a part of his life in Berlin right was Hitler was beginning to take over Germany.  I am not a big fan of history in general, but this book read more like a fiction book!  I really enjoyed reading it and learning at the same time.  Although it is important remember that the book is pulled from letters and might be the truth for William Dodd and those around him.
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
November meetup book was Packing for Mars.  This is a nonfiction book about astronauts.  I found the book really interesting and found out a ton information that I did not know before reading it.  However, if I am honest I scanned through some of it instead of actually reading it.  Because of the book I am really interested in reading another book by Mary Roach.
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
This book was for the October meetup book club.  Although I thought the book was good it wasn't really my type of book.  There was quite a bit of violence and was actually a book I recommended to Big B.  It did have some nice twists and kept me interested.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I feel like everyone knows about The Help, but if you haven't read it or seen the movie (which I have heard is good, I haven't seen it) than you should!
Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer
Kindred Spirits was the book for my online July meetup.  I really liked the story about friends and how they are there for each other despite how your lives may change.  To be honest though I didn't read it in July, but our club has a blog.  When we had some discussion questions up Sarah actually commented on our blog.  I thought that this was so cool that I HAD to read the book and I am glad I did!
Personal Day by Ed Park
This book was for my July meetup book club.  This book is about an office that has been laying their employees off after the last couple years.  

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