Friday, January 29, 2010

The Help

If you have not yet read The Help, make it next on your list! It is the story of three women in 1960's Mississippi, Skeeter a recent college grad, and Aibileen and Minny, the "help" in the white families' homes. They want to change the way things are and get their own life stories out there, despite the danger it puts them in. It's a fantastic book and I can't recommend it enough. It was our December Book Club book and we didn't actually discuss it because not everyone had finished it, but since everyone has since finished it and is dying to discuss, it is our topic at our next Book Club meeting!!! It took several chapters to get into it, as I found it difficult to read at first due to the southern dialect--might be a good one to experience as an audiobook--but once I got used to it it was great! Enjoy! :)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I just finished "reading" The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on my way home from work today (I almost didn't get out of the car this morning when I arrived at work because I knew I was nearly finished!) and it was just delightful. It is written as correspondence exchanged among the characters (friends, acquaintances, strangers). It's a light hearted story with characters that you can't help but love immediately. Oh, and if you "read" it as an audiobook, it you'll be saying things like lovely, delightful, and extraordinary (with an english accent) in no time at all! It was just lovely :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dockside -- Lakeshore Chronicles Book 3

Yep, another sappy chick story. They are all the same formula, but now I know all the players so I keep reading. Help me!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

We listened to this in the car prior to Christmas.  Short stories that are dripping with sarcasm and maybe a little anger -- but truth is slipping between the lines ever so subtly.  We found ourselves laughing at the incredible antics within the stories despite their cynical drawl.