Every year, I write out which books I have read, am reading, and which ones I want to read. Here's this year's list so far:Finished reading:
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore I started off the New Year with a post-Winter Solstice celebration of the Christmas holiday with this energized horror-spoof satire. With familiar characters from his other novels, this is a fast, hilarious, sometimes vulgar, read that will make you question who the hero of the novel really is.
Skinny Dip by Carl HiassenGripping from page one, Skinny Dip is a funny, fast-paced, exciting environmental message on wheels, full of colorful characters who you completely love or just plain love-to-hate. Perfect summer reading, complete with a reminder of the importance of Everglade conservation.
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore A madly imaginative, often hilarious world of Death that somehow proves to be poignant at the same time. Another fun, fast read by Christopher Moore, that touches the human spirit. I could not stop listening to this book! I love the Hellhounds!Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan My first experience with Amy Tan's writing, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not nearly as dark as I was expecting. I enjoyed the characterization, their innocence--or perhaps naiveté is a better suited description--their stereotypes as "ugly" Americans, the dark humor. A very engaging read, and I look forward to The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetters Daughter.
A fast, enjoyable suspense with a perfectly neurotic heroine--with another welcome side order of Everglades preservation.
From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen MorrisA lovely, comprehensive, unbiased look at pregnancy and birth in a trendy package. I love the light tone of this legitimately honest guide, which provides the basis for INFORMED CONSENT (which is often missing in pregnancy guides), especially by discussing the facts without a preachy tone. Includes a wonderful focus on birth options--hospital, birth center, homebirth; midwife vs. OB. I highly recommend this book for mothers-to-be!
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama I listened to the Grammy Award Winning recording of Dreams from My Father, read by Barack Obama himself, and I was absolutely blown away by the insightful, often painfully honest appraisal of the beginning of his life. A memoir, written shortly after graduating law school, Obama's perspective is unique as a bi-racial man growing up in both white and black America.It is astounding that, unlike most memoirs which are written after great accomplishments, the voice of this story is at the beginning of what may be greatness, not the end, and is yet so compelling and intuitive.
Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer In my younger days, Crusie was one of my favorite Chick-Lit authors, but I fell away, until I saw this collaboration of Crusie and Mayer. I enjoyed this well-written, non-formulaic, funny blend of genres and voices, as well as the unpredictable ending and the Wonder Woman nuances.
The Frugal Gardener: How to Have More Garden for Less Money by Catriona Tudor Erler Not only is The Frugal Gardener a practical resource for gardening on a budget, it is a great introduction to gardening for the novice, and a fantastic resource for the basics of organic gardening. I really enjoyed the chapter organization and layout of the book--it made for a good read (rather than being a heavy reference book). Even if you are not simply looking for ways to garden on a budget, The Frugal Gardener offers many great gardening tips.