Okay, finally posting a little update on my finished books;
#18 Belong to Me by Maris de los Santos
Picked it up b/c I liked the cover. Thought at first I wouldn't like it, being a story about suburban mean mommies at first. But it ended up being a really fascinating story with good character analysis. I liked it.
#19 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I started this one a few years back when everyone was reading it, and for some reason, couldn't get into it. Reading it now for one of my book clubs, and I'm glad I picked it back up. It's a good one. A very unexpected plot.
#20 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Enh. Read it for my other book club. Disney-fied, idealized story porn for adult women. It was hot. But, overly cliche and "perfect" and read a little like an extended Penthouse letter. It would have helped if they had hired a decent editor to suggest to the author to use other words besides murmur, mutter, and gasp. But, suspend your critical thinking, and it's a decent candy book.
#21 The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
A memoir from a woman who decides to revisit her childhood enthusiasm for the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. She re-reads them all and also decides to visit most of the historical sites in the US for the family and read the non-fiction about the family as well. Pretty interesting stuff if you like the Little House books, and she's a fun writer, so it was a good time.
#22 Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
The author The Glass Castle tells the story of her gramma, an incredibly strong and gritty young woman coming of age in the southwest in the early 1900s. Fascinating to read about her never-ending pluck in the face of adversity. I haven't read The Glass Castle yet, looking forward to it.
#23 Rose: Love in Violent Times by Inga Muscio
Inga Muscio always writes a good book. I wish she had more books. She writes non-fiction social commentary. This one was hard to read in some parts, but I like that she ended with suggestions on how we could make the world a better place.
#24 Peony in Love by Lisa See
Story about a Chinese opera in the 1600's (maybe it was 1700's--it's about 6 books back, I'm foggy on the details already) that was about a young woman who loved a young man so much, but they weren't getting married, so she wasted away. (I think, now I think I might be getting the plot mixed up) The opera/poetry is performed/read all over the country and inspires other young woman to do the same thing, become so lovesick they die. A young woman experiences this after watching the opera at her home and the book follows her throughout her afterlife as she navigates her new world as a ghost. Pretty fascinating actually and somewhat based in truth apparently.