Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Aimee Bender. Eh, I know a lot of people loved this one but it just didn’t do much for me. I enjoy magical realism such as Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate but I honestly didn’t like this one as much. Part of me is very sad about that because the idea of using food as a magical device intrigues me tremendously. The main character was fine but I disliked her mother intensely and sadly I figured out the brother’s gig way before it was revealed in the book. Then when it was revealed, it was just no big deal. Odd for me.
Jump the Crack. Stacy DeKeyser. A teen book that I read a review of recently. It sounded better on paper. Basic premise is that a girl witness a teen mother being neglectful borderline abusive to her toddler. Being the headstrong teenager that our protagonist is she takes the toddler in an act of hoping to save the toddler. As you can imagine it completely snowballs from there until the end where the teen is forced to bring the toddler back and understand that things aren’t always what they seem to be.
Y The Last Man: Unmanned. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: Cycles. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: One Small Step. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: Safeworld. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: Ring of Truth. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: Girl on Girl. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)
Y The Last Man: Paper Dolls. Brian Vaughan. (graphic novel)My first graphic novel! This series was recommended to me by a fellow librarian. Love it! It is set in 2002 when a plague of catastrophic proportions hits the earth and kills all the men on earth, including all the male animals too. One lone man, Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand are spared. This is their story. It is good. Definitely not a comic book nor for young kids. There is a lot of violence, nudity and foul language. It is ten books long and I am up to number eight. All Things Considered on NPR called it, “The year’s best movie in a comic book.”
Breath. Martha Mason (memoir) I read about this memoir in a women’s magazine a while ago. Martha Mason lived for over *60* years in an Iron Lung after a bout with Polio in 1948. I cannot say enough about this book. Ms. Mason was truly an inspiration. Imagine lying in an iron cage for sixty years. She didn’t leave her home, take a shower, go on a date, or even sit up for that period of time yet she went to high school, graduated from college, had a wide circle of friends, and in general had a happy life. Gives you pause to think.
No Mercy. Sherilynn Kenyon. The latest installlment in the Dark Hunter series. A fun mindless romp with shapeshifters, demons and hot sex. What more could a girl ask for? I like the way that even though each DH book centers on one couple, the storylines arc over each other. This one has some interesting developments regarding Nick one of the characters who is developing into a major player.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee (book group) What a different experience reading this as an adult versus reading it for your seventh grade reading class. I don’t think I even finished it back then or if I did it was rather quickly erased from my memory because I didn’t remember much of it at all. Such a shame that this is the only book she wrote. My book group loved it and we had a great discussion about it. Touched on so many topics related to the book. One that surprised me is that people think Harper Lee actually didn’t write it by that Truman Capote did. Very interesting discussion.
Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. (teen) The concluding book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I had to reread the last chapter or two because I was shell-shocked by the ending. Collins doesn’t pull any punches, the world that Katniss, Gale and Peeta live in is not a pretty one. If you haven’t read this trilogy, you must read it. It is not anything like the teen books that I grew up on, that’s for sure. It is real and gritty and thought provoking. When the movie comes out, I might just have to go see it.
Bare Bones. Kathy Reichs. (audiobook) One of the newer Temperance Brennan books that the tv show Bones is loosely based on. I enjoy these. I like being an armchair forensic anthropologist. All those social science-y things are interesting to me. They appeal to the sociologist in me I guess. This one was all about wildlife poaching in the Carolinas and was the first book in which Tempe has a relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan from Canada.
So there you have it, my September bookshelf. 14 books total. That brings my year to date total to….58. Not too bad. If I read another even 10 each month until the end of the year that will bring me to.. 88! Nice. Not 100 but close.