Vintage book review! When I was making that list of books I’ve read based on the Huffington Post article’s suggestions I realized there are a lot of books I read before I started this blog that I could review. So here’s my first.
I still remember reading this book even though I read it back in January of 2011. My review of it in Goodreads simply states, Very disturbing, but also enlightening. Truth y’all. It’s about a girl who is kidnapped and held captive for seven years. Somewhere in there she has a kid and that is who is telling the story. There’s one part I remember specifically. The child has seen stairs for the first time. Stairs! And he’s afraid of them. Such a concept I cannot even grasp. I would have never picked up a book with this topic had it been from the kidnapped girl’s POV. It is very captivating and the POV is what makes it such. Highly recommended. Could also be read for YA.
The Huffington Post put up an article titled 21 Books from the Last 5 Years that Every Woman Should Read. I love book lists. I talk about them all the time and I get most of my ideas from them. I figured this was a particularly good list since I’d actually read & enjoyed (for the most part) 9 of the suggested books. The books I’ve read are,
Americanah* by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everything I Never Told You* by Celeste Ng
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (disclaimer: I only read 2/3 of this book)
The Lifeboat* by Charlotte Rogan
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I put asteriks next to the ones I’ve written reviews on. Most of them I read awhile ago, before I started the blog, so they don’t have posts. I should do some retro blog posts about old books.. I’m definitely going to read the other books on this list. Most of them have been on my radar and I’ve just never gotten around to it. Can’t wait to start!
This book was recommended by my boss, who enjoys fantasy. She also recommended the last book I read, the Expeditioners. So far she’s two for two. This was a scary book and typically I don’t like scary things. Things that you wouldn’t think are scary I am probably terrified of. The last scary book I read was the Diviners by Libba Bray and I had to stop a quarter of the way through (disc 4). Anyway, this book wasn’t as scary as that so I finished. It’s about three kids in London who kill ghosts. Kill probably isn’t the right word since they’re ghosts but that’s the only way I can think to describe it. As I was reading I realized that the real plot, the Screaming Staircase the title describes, doesn’t start happening until around page 250. All of the pages before it are back story, setting up the characters & getting to know their lives blah blah. I didn’t realize that’s what was happening so it’s not boring per se but it’s definitely long. It had a great twist and was thoroughly entertaining. It could be a cross between children’s and young adult considering the subject matter and suspense.
I love this series of nature books by Dianna Hutts Aston. They’re so beautifully illustrated and full of wonderful facts. The newest one, A Nest is Noisy, just arrived at my library and I loved reading it. It also has beautiful endpapers. I love endpapers. Some of the time, typically in kids books, the endpapers will mean something. The ones in this book have an illustration of the nest on the front endpapers and the animals that match them on the back endpapers. It’s a wonderful matching game! Best read one on one. (endpaper image below taken from Amazon)
I seriously enjoyed this book. Which I’m surprised by because I don’t typically enjoy sci-fi fantasy. Published my McSweeney’s. Always a sign of interesting things. The first sentence in the summary kind of turned me off at first. “Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway!” Why can’t it just be a regular world? Some of the reviews have labeled it a steampunk book however it doesn’t really talk much about the electronic gadgets. Yes, one of the characters has a mechanical hand, but they don’t talk about it. It’s just there. It’s not really part of the story.
Anyway, they don’t really go into all that. It seems like a pretty normal place when reading, which I liked. The West children, Zander, Kit & M.K., receive a long lost map from their recently dead (or is he?) father. They then go on an adventure to Arizona to see if they can use the map to find a treasure. However, there are others are looking for this treasure and they aren’t as nice. Check it out!
This book is beautifully done. I love reading picture book biographies because it gives you just enough information to be interested without pummeling the reader with facts. I’ve always loved the poem, I Carry Your Heart. Hopefully someone will read it at my funeral. I wanted someone to read it at my wedding but nobody did. I can’t remember why. Did they..? Hm.. I’ll have to check on that.
Anyway, this is a great book about e. e. cummings. Loved reading about his life and how he became an artist. I also like knowing he lived in the Northeast (went to Harvard!). Maybe his house is a historical landmark and I can go visit.
Recommended. Ages 8+