july books

Lots of books last month!  Most were solid reads, but a few really really stood out (Little Bee and Gap Creek)!

  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
A.  I like all of Lisa See’s books because you really get immersed in the Chinese culture.  Plus, I think she does a good job with character development.
  • The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
A-.  Definitely kept me reading, but didn’t bowl me over, either.
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
A-.  Another solid book!
  • Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
A.  Really like this book.  Different.  Interesting.  A little sad.  But really good!
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
A+.  Go to your library.  Check out this book (or put your name on the list for the book since it will probably be checked out).  It is amazing.  One of the best books I’ve read in awhile.
  • The Best American Short Stories edited by Richard Russo
B.  I like the change-up of short stories sometimes.  Half of these were really good.  Half of them were just okay.
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
B. Fun kids’ lit!  Harry Potter is better, but this was pretty good.
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
B.  I find labor books to be too abstract – I basically need to be reading them while I’m in labor for me to feel like they’re applicable.  And that’s probably not going to happen…  Also, why couldn’t the women in this book be clothed for the pictures?  Thanks, weird 1970’s photographer…
  • On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D.
A.  Super helpful book.  We plan on doing it (or dying trying)!
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis (audiobook)
B.  This is Dave’s favorite of the Narnia series.  I liked it, but it didn’t wow me.
  • The Silver Chair by CS Lewis (audiobook)
A-.  This was probably my favorite of the Narnia series!

4 thoughts on “july books

  1. I couldn’t agree more about “Little Bee”! I listened to it a couple months ago and probably took longer trips and walks to finish it.

    Right now, I’m reading “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson. It’s light fare but fun to read while I’m nursing.

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