Tuesday, June 02, 2009

We like books.

(She is walking, but has a slight limp still. Just fyi.)

Here are a few of the books we've enjoyed lately:

Life of Pi. This book has been on my must-read list for a very long time. I don't know why I kept putting it off. The more I heard about it, the less I wanted to read it, for some reason. That was a mistake because it is brilliant. I finished it this afternoon and haven't stopped thinking about it since. If you haven't read it yet, you must. It is about a boy who is shipwrecked in the Pacific. It is so beautifully written.

The Toss of a Lemon. This book follows the life of an orthodox Brahmin woman and her large family in the first part of the 1900s in India. It took me a while to get into, but once I finished it, I was glad I had read it. It gave me a glimpse into a world I knew nothing about. I found the details of life for this family very interesting and kind of sad.

The Widow's War. This is an easy read about a widow in an early American village in Massachusetts. She is a strong woman who challenges laws and customs to find her place in the village once her husband has been lost at sea. I am always a fan of historical fiction and this was entertaining.

The Whistling Season. I really liked this book. It shows how life revolved around the one room schoolhouse for a small town in the middle of Montana in 1909. It is a sweet story that is beautifully told.

The Seamstress. This book showed me another world I knew nothing about. It takes place in Brazil in the 1930s, and follows two sisters and their very separate lives. I thought it was fascinating and very well done.

Gravity vs. the Girl
. I know I already blogged about this one, but I thought it deserved another mention. It is a very funny and sweet story about a girl who is trying to figure out her life. I was rooting for Samantha, the main character, the whole time. I could totally relate to parts of her story. Oh, it's good. I was sad when I finished it.

Daddy and Me. This is known as the "Daddy book" at our house and it is Stella's favorite. She can hardly control her excitement when we read it. She is a big fan of Mike, though, so it's no surprise that she would love a book about a daddy. And it has flaps. Those are always a big hit.

A Dog's Life. This is Mabel's current favorite read, although that is likely to change with our next trip to the library. I think it is about a stray dog, though I guess I should ask her.

Dirty Joe the Pirate. Oliver is going through a major pirate phase right now. I think we checked out every pirate book the library had. We've read this one quite a few times in the last week. I like that it rhymes. And that it's silly.

Have you read anything good lately?


  1. i really liked the life of pi, too. i thought it was more of a "boy book," so i bought it for neal a long time ago. i ended up loving it and he hasn't read it yet. :)
    i'm in the middle of The Seamstress, so thanks for not giving anything away. :) and hey, bring "the whistling season" to sundance, will ya? i wanna borrow that one.

  2. I bought the Gravity vs. the Girl book but haven't started it yet. It's funny that you blogged about this, as I've had a draft blog item about the summer reading list in the works for a while now. Just haven't had the motivation to write it yet. Thanks for sharing your picks. :)

  3. I just finished "Julia's Chocolates" by Cathy Lamb and I thoroughly enjoyed that. :)

  4. thanks so much.
    i struggle in this department.
    love to read but just don't do it enough.

  5. Have you read The Shack? I really enjoyed this book.

  6. She looks very delicious! I am glad that you liked all of those books that I recommended! The Seamstress and the toss of a lemon are definitely windows into another world not that remote in time or space from ours. the only other book that i have read lately is called Stealing Athena about the taking of the Elgin marbles to Britain from the Parthenon.

  7. Loved "Life of Pi," but otherwise haven't read anything good so thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Life of Pi has been on my to-read list FOREVER as well, and I have been putting it off for some reason AS WELL. Guess I have to move it up on the list.

  9. We love short people and reading books.

  10. Thanks for the great book ideas :)


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