I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have been busy. But I have also been reading.
Here's what I worked through during my unanticipated blog hiatus.
: A lovely children's book about a little girl who has to deal with the death of her father and loss of her family's plantation. She moves from Mexico to California and learns how to survive in a new country.
Acts of Faith
: I read this many years ago and loved it.
: This was also a re-read. I love the book for the details but I still love the movie even more.
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
: Gary Shteyngart is simply brilliant. This quirky, dystopian love story made me laugh out loud many times.
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
: This is Anderson Cooper's memoir. I really like Anderson Cooper's reporting and think he's an excellent journalist. In this book he tells the story of his father death and brother's suicide. He also tells a lot of sad news stories. The book reveals very little about who Anderson really is and what makes him tick. I am starting to think news journalists are kind of depressed and cynical people. This book confirmed my theory.
; This is going to be a TV show. Watch it. The book was thoroughly enjoyable.
Songs in Ordinary Time
: I almost passed on this book since it had a big Oprah seal on it. I tend to really love or really hate her book choices so it's always a game of chance. This one was a totally pleasant surprise. The story focuses on a family in a small town dealing with alcoholism. While it's sad, it is told with rich detail and though long, there were times I could not put it down.
Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Noir)
: A book of short stories about people living in Los Angeles during the 30's and 40's.
Legacy (Harlequin Teen)
: This Harlequin teen romance was surprisingly very good. Calya Kluver's first book is well written and interesting. I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book in this trilogy.