Here are the books I read and quick reviews:
1. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
- Richard Louv
This book gave me a lot to think about in terms of how much freedom I give my children to roam outdoors and the difference between my childhood and theirs (for better or for worse). It was very interesting - but also a lot of political push that made the last part of the book go downhill for me.
- Bram Stoker
Great Halloween read! And it was so interesting to compare this with other vampire stories I've read (esp Twilight). It's funny to me how each vampire story has it's own variation on how vampires work, i.e. in Dracula, the people get their blood sucked a little over time, then become vampires after they die.
Anyway, it was a bit more gory than I would usually prefer, but I had to add it to my "have-to-read-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime" list.
3. The Promise
- Chaim Potok
Very good - but I liked The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev better.
4. Troubling a Star
- Madeleine L'Engle
This was so different than other L'Engle books I've read. It's an adventure mystery! Good - but not my favorite L'Engle book.
5. Olive Kitteridge
- Elizabeth Strout
I didn't really care for this very much. I found it too disjointed and kind of blah. But I know a lot of other people really liked it.
6. Stuart Little
- E.B. White
okay, stick to the movie on this one. Stupid book.
7. Out of the Wild
- Sarah Beth Durst
The sequel to Into the Wild. A lot of fun and a good read! But if I had to choose, I would say I liked the first one better.
8. The Disapparation of James
- Anne Ursu
I really liked this one. Sometimes I like to judge a book by how much it affects me as I read it. If it feels real and "true" to me. If it gets to the core of emotions, or if it pricks something in me and makes me feel intensely, then I tend to like it. And that's what this one did for me. It was sort of heart-wrenching, as it is about the disappearance of a small boy and what the family (parents and little sister) go through afterwards in the search for him (fiction, of course) - so it may be too much for some. But I liked it.
9. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
- Norman Maclean
I liked A River Runs Through It, but not so much the other stories. I was a little disappointed - I expected it somehow to be deeper or more detailed than the movie. But the movie is pretty true to the book. And I actually think I liked the movie more for all the beautiful scenery - it's not adequately described in the book. Or it didn't give me quite the same longing for living on a country river somewhere as the movie did.
But anyway - that's what I've been reading. How about you?!?