Saturday, August 7, 2010

What have I Been Reading?

Well, I have not had a ton of time to read, but I have managed to get through a couple of books. I really enjoyed all three of these books. I am not going to give a full review of all as time is always short with me these days.

Title: The Next Thing on My List
Author: Jill Smolinski
Pages: 304
Rating: 5/5





I rated this book 5/5. I really enjoyed the story. It was a really quick read for me, and as I had just finished reading The Zookeepers Wife, I needed something a little light hearted and fun. The basic story is of a woman, June, who gets into a car accident with a girl she barely knows and the girl dies. In the Marissa's purse, June finds a list of 20 things Marissa had wanted to accomplish before she turns 25. In honor of Marissa and her list, June decides to finish the list for her.

The biggest thing I think I took away from the book, is that I am sailing through life, not really DOING anything. I live my life from day to day, doing the same old thing. I have decided to do a list of my own. 30 things to accomplish before I turn 30. More on that in another post.

The book is thought inspiring. It is not what I would call deep thinking or anything, but it will inspire you to evaluate where you are and perhaps inspire you to try something new.




Title: The Zookeepers Wife
Author: Diane Ackerman
Pages: 323
Rating: 4/5




I rated this novel 4/5. While the book was fascinating, I found it hard to turn off my brain and really delve into the story. This book is written based on the journal writing of Antonina, the Zookeepers wife, and based in Poland. It is a memoir of sorts. I love, love, love reading about anything that has to do with WWII. A story of this perspective is different than what I have read in the past, and I really enjoyed it.


Title: Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Pages:368
Rating: 5/5
All I can say about this book is Why?! did I wait so long to read it. I bought it about 2 years ago, and it has been sitting on my nightstand forever. I finally picked it up, and couldn't put it down! This has got to be one of my all time favorite books so far. The story just twists and turns and ends in an unexpected way.

I know these reviews are not the greatest, but mostly they are for me. So I can remember what I read and when. Thanks for reading! Hope you are all enjoying the summer!

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