Wednesday, May 4, 2016

                                     April Wrap Up

Here is my first monthly wrap up.  I am really trying to learn how to get into words what I want to 
say about the books I've read.  I don't think I give very good reviews, but hopefully I will get better at it.

In the month of April I read 9 books.  I feel like that is a good reading month for me.  

This is the first book I finished this month.  This is a story about an overweight girl who seems to have self confidence, and to not care about
what people say about her.  Her mother was a beauty queen in the local beauty pageant, and now is in charge of it every year.  This year Dumplin decides to enter the pageant.  She is in love with a popular, handsome boy, that seems to return her feelings.  For some reason this seems to undermine her self esteem.  I liked this book a lot, and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was a short book about a very special book store.  He carries something for everyone, but his books are not for sale.  He sells time to read.  He also carefully inspects each book to make sure they are safe to read.  See what happens when he forgets to inspect one.  I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

This book was suspenseful and I was able to read it really fast.  Even though I was able to get through it so fast, I still found myself wanting it to end.  I did enjoy the multiple POV's.  I think it would have gotten very boring it the whole book was told from Cassie's perspective.  I did enjoy this one and am
currently reading the sequel to this.  4 stars on Goodreads.

This book is so highly acclaimed that I really hesitate to put my 2 cents worth in, but here goes.  I really did not like this book at all.  First of all, if you "consider yourself white"  you have a wonderful idyllic life, with no problems, have all the money you need, live in mansions, and never have to worry about anything.   I know that I can't understand what people of color have to go through in their daily lives in relation to their race. The terrible things that sometimes happen to them just because they are black is horribly wrong, and as a nation this needs to be addressed, but this book is written in
a snobbish and prejudiced way.  The worst thing in reading this for me was when he said the word body over and over again, as in protect my black body,
or they want to destroy my black body.  It really started to grate on me.  I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

This was a very interesting and different twist on the Gospel.  An atheist helps model a computer generated world like our own world.  The only thing is without a Law Giver the society quickly destroys themselves.  The only way to keep them from self destruction is to introduce laws given from the Law Giver that created them.  A virus is unleashed in the world and the only way to save them is to create a character like himself to go into the world and show them and teach them how they should live.  This book was so insightful, and gives you a deeper understanding of God and  His love for us.  I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads.

I really liked this book and I have a review on an earlier post.  I gave this one
4 stars on Goodreads.

I really loved this book of a mother with terminal cancer and her son reading books together, and discussing them as she goes for her treatments.  They both love reading, and so they create their own 2 person book club.  This book was so lovely to read.  The writing was intellectual without sounding snobbish.  This is not only about the books, but also about the mother coming to terms with her impending death, and the son making memories with his mother.  They had a special bond, and I enjoyed reading about all the books, even if they were books I had no interest in reading.  I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads.  I have a review of this one in an earlier post.

This is about Tom and his friends going to Northern Canada for a fishing trip.  They are stranded by an EPM thousands of miles from civilization and follows them as they try to get ready for the winter in the harsh environment, where one mistake could prove fatal for them all.  I really enjoy these type of books, and have read some pretty bad ones.  Mr. Craven's writing was immensely readable, and the story was really interesting.  I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was a very interesting book.  I've never read anything like it before.  I have my review of this in an earlier post.  I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

Well, that was in for the month.  All in all I had a good reading month.  On deck is

1.  The Infinite Sea by Rich Yancy  (I'm 75 percent done)
2.  Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3.  Perfect Peace by Daniel Black.

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