Saturday, September 12, 2009

August Reads

Now that we are half way through September (almost) I want to list the books I read in August. Looking back, they were varied. In my 75 books for 2009 list these are books 42 thru 49.

42. Old New York - Edith Wharton
Short stories and novellas by Edith Wharton. It was a decent read, the one story I really liked was "The Old Maid", not only because I saw the movie and thought it was fantastic, but it had the most scandal. I liked the way Ms. Wharton went through the decades. If I recall, she starts in the 1840s and each story goes to the next decade. The stories also intertwine.

43. Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing - Stephen King
I love Stephen King, and I will read anything non-fiction he writes. Although my favorite non-fiction book by him is still "On Writing", I thought this collection was well worth the read. Any real fan of King will love this book, although it is not easy to get a copy, but they are out there.

44. Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story - Etta James
Singer Etta James had an incredible life. Her autobiography spans from her childhood until the late 1980s. She talks about her drug addiction and screwed up love affairs, but of course there is a sort of happy ending.

45. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - Marya Hornbacher
A young woman's story about her battle with Anorexia and Bllimia. I think this is the youngest case I've ever heard, she started at the age of 9, and as of the writing of the book, she was still 'working on it'.

46. The Third Jesus - Deepak Chopra
The Jesus none of us know. Deepak Chopra is not a favorite writer of mine, but I gave the book a shot. It wasn't bad. Read my review more more insight.

47. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
The premise of this book is sad. He wrote this as his last words to his sons. Coming of age tidbits and stuff like that. It was very entertaining and it is a shame he couldn't write more.

48. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
I suppose it was OK, it wasn't my type of book. Coming of age story about 2 boys who experience mysterious things.

49. Finding Peace - Dr. Charles Stanley
I haven't read a Dr. Stanley book in years. This one was very good. Not new information, but a nice refresher.

1 comment:

B.Kienapple said...

Edith that is someone that I really need to read, that I should have read. Great list, looks like you're doing some really interesting reading lately.