June 30, 2015

june book report

This month I fell back onto the reading bandwagon. Here's what I've been reading the last few weeks. 

Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff // I picked this book up from Good Will in February. It's about two brothers relationship with their mother as they watch her go through something similar to succumbing to Alzheimer's. Mostly it reminded me of my grandma, who has dimentia and was placed in a home right before I moved to Waupaca. Parts of it made me cry because of the similarities between my story with my grandma and the characters relationship to their mother. 

The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby // This book was short and didn't really hold my interest all that well. It's about a couple that has been married for close to fifteen years, they have high power jobs and they're very well known socialites. The wife, Denise, is sneaking pain pills to help her get through the day, while her husband, Derrick, is socially using cocaine. They both become addicted to drugs and their lives fall apart. I wasn't really a big fan of this book. 

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen // I love Sarah Dessen. She's by far at least in top 3 for young adult authors. I've read all of her books and loved them, and this one was no exception. It took me two days to read, but I didn't want to put it down. It chronicles the journey of Sydney, as her older brother goes off to prison, and she changes schools as discovers who she really is. And there's a shout out to one of my other favourite Sarah Dessen books, This Lullaby, in it. So good. (And I got the last signed copy from Kmart!)

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins // When I was in high school, I read every Ellen Hopkins book I could get my hands on. All of her books are actual stories told through poetry, which is they look so thick and intimidating. Perfect was told through 4 main characters and each of their stories was woven together through them each doing something to achieve whatever their idea of Perfect meant. 

The Sometimes Daughter by Sherri Wood Emmons // The story of Sweet Judy Blue Eyes and her relationship with her estranged mother. She was born at Woodstock and after that her father grew up and got serious about life and work and taking care of her, but her mama never did. I remember the first time I read I made my mom read it after I had finished. Excellent book. 

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July // I've had this book since high school, and every time I read it I balk at how much sexual content is in this collection of short stories, so if that makes you uncomfortable, I would not recommend this one. My favourite story in this book is Something That Needs Nothing. It's a good story about all encompassing love and how far you're willing to go when that love gets pulled out from under you. 

At this rate, I'm going to have 10 books knocked out in the next couple weeks. Hooray for reading. 

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