Holy moly! I haven't posted my books in a long time!
Here's my huge list#42 The Reader by Bernard Schlink
Story about a teenage boy in post WWII Germany, has a love affair with a 30ish yr old woman. And he is looking back as an adult on the events of their romance, and also what happens to her because of her work as a prison camp guard near Auschwitz. My take on it; Eh. I didn't really like the narrator. He seemed so cold and distant. And I just, I don't know, didn't feel like it was realistic that someone would choose not to reveal their (SPOILER) illiteracy when life in prison is on the line......It wasn't terrible, but I'm not jumping up and down. Good things, vaguely interesting story line, and it was short? On the other hand, I kinda liked the movie....#43 The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
LOVED this one. Historical fiction, the Sarajevo Haggadah, which is a richly illustrated Haggadah which is a religious book for the Jewish religion. It's highly unusual because the Jewish religion had eschewed illustrations in other texts. This book follows the Haggadah on its travels through history starting in the 1400's in Spain, through Italy to modern day Sarajevo. Really wonderful story that goes back and forth between present day and the historical vignettes about the book. My apologies if I got any religious terminology incorrect!#44 The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
Another eh. You know how sometimes an author writes in a way that is sort of vague because they are trying not to spell things out for the reader, just hint at them. This book kind of does that, but not very well, imho. I forgot I didn't really get head over heels for that other Anita Shreve book I read, and this one is in the pile of books I'm trying to clear out of my closet. Glad it's done and sold it at a garage sale for 10cents over the weekend. #45 Jewel by Bret Lott
Story of a family in Mississippi in the 40's who have 5 kids, and then a 6th is born and she has Down's Syndrome. It follows the family as they adjust and try to do their best for the youngest. I liked this one. I liked Lott's writing style. And I enjoyed reading about the family relationships. The story is told from the mother's perspective and I enjoyed her strength.#46 Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain is always fun. He's a kick.#47 Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Eh. The day I figure out how to get an organizing book to actually do the work for me will be the day I really like one. #48 The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
Kinda dry, but also interesting. I would have enjoyed a little less detail at times and maybe more context or an prologue and/or epilogue to follow some of the cast of characters and their families.#49 The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Story of a widower, the book begins right when he learns of his wife's death. The only one there when she died was their dog. He wishes he could get his dog to talk so he could figure out what happened. I liked it, sad as it was.#50 Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes
Fun reading. I'd like to give it all up, live on a farm and opt out of the consumer society. The rat race sucks!
Phew. Done! I'm whittling away that stack in the closet!!!!!