Um (insert sheepish grin here) . . .
I just realized this never went live. I don’t even know if I scheduled it and it didn’t work or if I just totally forgot to schedule it. So, here it is. Enjoy the list. There are some fascinating books in this list!
July has flown by! I didn’t realize I had not yet shared my June reading list with you. So here goes:
Give Your Child The World by Jamie C. Martin
This was a fast read and I was somewhat disappointed in it. I was hoping for something that brought more themes and titles to the table, especially for older students. I was able to read through the introductory materials in about 30 minutes and spent another 30 perusing the titles and summaries. It is directed at families with pretty young children. There are a decent number of titles and the summaries are pretty helpful. It has plenty of interesting books, just not for the age level I needed.
Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
This is the story of two young women who traveled around the world, striving to complete the journey in under 80 days, as the fictional traveler did the famous book “Around the World in 80 Days.” This, however, is a true story. The full title is Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. Nellie Bly, supported by one newspaper, headed east. Elizabeth Bisland, supported by a different paper, headed west. This books covers their travels, their stops, and the variety of things they encountered on the way.
This was a fascinating book, full of history from the many places the women visited on their journeys. It was not a fast read, but it wasn’t hard. There was so much to read about, to learn, to understand. Quite a fascinating book. It would be quite the feat to travel as they did, especially when you consider that it was 1890. A definite recommend.
Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley
This was one that I really enjoyed in the beginning. Before too long, though, it seemed to have an agenda within it and I quit enjoying it. I did browse all the way through, reading bits and pieces here and there to learn more about what all Princess Louise did in her life. She had a fascinating life, and not just because she was Queen Victoria’s daughter. She seems to have had a bright mind, a curiosity that was insatiable, and plenty of empathy to see those around her and their needs.
I wish the book had been written differently because I find this young lady pretty fascinating. I will be looking for other books about her.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
This was different from much of Fannie Flagg’s writings and I just loved it. I love redbirds and cardinals so this title caught my attention (as well as the 25 cent price tag for the hardback, like-new book at a garage sale). A community pulls in those who need comfort and health and love. We see this come to fruition more than once in this book about a small country town that is full of life. When a young one from the area needs their help, they all pull together and help her through the difficulty. This is a fantastic read and not very long.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
I figured since I was reading so much of her other works, I needed to read the one most people are at least familiar with the title of. Well, I was disappointed. (To tell the truth, I didn’t like the movie either.) The story was not too bad but it wasn’t one that just pulled me along, tempting me to keep reading. Since I had seen the movie quite a while ago, I could remember just enough to tell that the book and the movie were different. That made the book even harder to read – I kept waiting for this thing or that little scene that I could remember to happen. It isn’t a bad read, just not one I really, really enjoyed. Glad I read it but -meh- not really worth the time.
Oh, the story line – It takes place in the memory of Mrs. Threadegoode, who lives at a retirement home. Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, stumbles into friendship with her while visiting a relative there. Mrs. Threadegoode often just takes off on her tale, remembering life in Whistle Stop, Alabama. The tale focuses on the people of that small town, their interactions, and their securities/insecurities. All of the incidents that occur in the past help Evelyn become who she desires in the present. The tale changes everything.
So, I think that is it for the month. July’s reading will be up before too much longer, won’t it? Wow, this summer has flown. What have you read? Anything I should put on my book list?