I’ve managed to misplace the cord that transfers pictures from my camera to the computer, so I’m not able to post about all the fun things we’ve been doing! So frustrating - it’s a small space! What could I have possibly done with it? Infuriated - I ordered a replacement from Amazon and its set to arrive on Monday.
Until then, I was planning to post about all the good books I’ve read since beginning our RV adventure, so I figured now was as good a time as any. Neither of us has felt particularly stellar, so in between all the fun things you see me post about, there is a LOT of down time, during which I usually have my nose in a book.
With the help of the Dayton Metro Library (thanks Greg!) I have been able to download books to my Kindle, and since Noel and I both love to thrift shop, I have a stack of books always at the ready. As I read them, I just leave them at the campgrounds because almost all of them have had a “book exchange” area in their community rooms.
I’ve read 14 books in the 10 weeks we’ve been on the road! I love to read, but I probably only read 14 books all of last year, so it’s a record for me! I was originally going to give a full description of the book, but don’t want to spoil the read for you in case you want to read it too, so I will just list them and tell you whether I liked it enough to recommend it or not. So in case you are interested, here is what I’ve been reading -
Title: The Most Beautiful Thing
Author: Fiona Robyn
Notes: An interesting, heavy read about a young man with mental illness. Certainly not a “feel good”
Recommend: Only if you like a more serious, heavy read.
Title: The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Notes: By the same author as “Tuesdays with Maury”, it’s a well written fantasy story about how
“keeping time” began and about Father Time himself.
Title: Casting Stones
Author: GM Barlean
Notes: Talk about depressing! Set in the 20s, a young man loses his wife to drowning and how
horrible his life is after that….
Author: Nora Ephron
Notes: Written in 1st person, conversational style, the book is about her cheating husband and the
effects it has on their marriage.
Title: Missing Sisters
Author: Gregory MaGuire
Notes: I love anything by Gregory MaGuire! The story of a child in the 60s being raised by nuns.
Title: Moon Women
Author: Pamela Duncan
Notes: The story o9f 3 generations of women (last name “Moon”) and their interactions, memories
and life lessons. Very well written.
Recommend: Resounding YES
Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author: Rebecca Scoot
Notes: The true story of a black woman with cervical cancer, and how her tissue sample of cells,
taken without her permission, live on as “super cells” and have been used in research for decades.
Recommend: Yes, for a serious, educational read - especially if you like biology/medical science
Title: All the Single Ladies
Author: Jane Costello
Notes: By the same author of the book/movie “Bridesmaids” - a fun, light read.
Recommend: Yes, especially if you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella, as their writing style is similar
Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
Notes: I would never have thought I would like this book, since it is written from the family dog’s
perspective, but it is very poignant and well written!
Title: The Returned
Author: Jason Mott
Notes: Stopping short of being a zombie story, people that have been long dead begin returning
to life and how people in a small town react to their return
Recommend: Not really - not particularly riveting or compelling
Title: Book of Someday
Author: Dianna Dixon
Notes: At first a bit hard to follow as each chapter jumps from a different person and time period.
There are 3 main characters, and the author ties them all together eventually in a surprising twist.
I really enjoyed this one!
Recommend: Highly! Well written!
Title: The Weight of Silence
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Notes: Excellent book! A real page turner! The story of 2 missing 7 year old girls.
Title: The Life List
Author: Lori Nelson Spielman
Notes: A light read with the moral of the story being, moms know best!
Recommend: Yes, a fun light beach read
Title: Rainshadow Road
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Notes: A typical chick-lit love story, but I picked it up because it was about a glass-artist! A typical
girl meets boy love story.
Recommend: Yes, another light beach read
So, there you have it. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books, or your recommendations of what I should be reading! Since leaving comments is rather arduous on this blog, feel free to email me at MetroAnnaM@msn.com