Sunday, July 10, 2016

Romi's Reading Roundup

As many of you know, I love to read. Love might be an understatement. And while my life is crazy busy and I’m almost always harried, I find the time for those books. For about six months now, I’ve been writing a periodic list on Facebook of my recent reads and have enjoyed the banter with other readers and the recommendations that I receive in return. Such fun.

I was thrilled on Thursday to see when someone wrote to me, “When is your next reading review, Romi?” and it got me thinking about all of the delicious, and not so delicious, books I’ve read recently. So, here is Romi’s Reading Roundup, presented on my blog this time so that I can go into more detail about each book and why I loved, or didn’t love, it.

Books I’ve Recently Loved:
When Breath Becomes Air: I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to handle reading this, but it was beautiful. It’s the autobiography of a brilliant neurosurgeon who is months away from finishing his residency when he finds he has terminal cancer.

A Hundred Flowers: A beautiful, surprising and quiet book.

Crooked River:  An unusual story about coming of age, family.

The Nest: What a great surprise this book was! It’s about four siblings who think they are coming into a lot of money soon…and how they react when things don’t go as planned.

The Last Runaway: This wasn’t as good as some of Chevalier’s other books, but it was still very enjoyable.

Be Frank with Me: An interesting look at life through the eyes of a young autistic child. Sort of like Dog in the Night

Finding Jake: Wow this was a surprise winner. This is about a massacre that takes place at a school and the parents who think their son was involved. Very well done.

Calling Me Home: Unexpectedly sweet and endearing.

Greyhound: Now this was quite a great find. It’s the story of a neglected young boy who is thrown on a Greyhound bus to drive across the country to his grandparents and what happens to him on the bus.

Books That Were Good, But Not Great:
The Orphans of Race Point
The Natural of Jade
That Part was True
Sing You Home
The Eagle Tree
Daughter of Fortune
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Whiskey and Charlie
The Japanese Lover

Books I Wouldn’t Want Anyone to Read:
2am at the Cat’s Pajamas
A Cupboard Full of Coats
LaRose
A Mosaic of Grace

What I’m reading now? The Book of Fred and Some Luck. The Book of Fred has a very strange premise about a girl who is saved from a cult and what becomes of her…I’ll let you know what I think of it when I finish it! Some Luck is nice so far.

And I’d love to know what you’re ready and what you hope to read next!

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