Monday, May 07, 2007

Because good things continue to come in threes...

I am reading three books simultaneously again:

1. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
I figured that there are so many of them, it must be a good book. It's off to a slow start for me, though. I am hoping it gets better.

2. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin.
I have a thing for Africa. Any time I find out that there is a biography or autobiography of someone who lived and experiences some part of Africa, I have to read it. So this is the latest. I have high hopes. I'll let you know...

3. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella.
In my last post here I told you I was reading Kinsella's first book in the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am excited to read the next on, although I've been told that none of them stack of to the first in the series. But I am holding out hope regardless.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Good things come in threes...

I am reading three books simultaneously right now and they are all really good.
1. A Death in Belmont -Sebastian Junger (given to me by Mr. C for Easter)
2. Confessions of a Shopaholic -Sophie Kinsella (yes, it took me awhile to get on this bandwagon)
3. Bodies and Souls -Isabel Vincent (purchased on a recent weekend trip away and inspired by my desire tor ead more about the persecution of the Jewish prior to WWII)

I recently finished Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, so anything I read after that was a hard act to follow.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What else?...

It's awesome.
It's relevant.
It's scary as hell,
but everyone should read this book.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blood Diamonds

Mr. C and I went to see the movie by the same name a week ago. It was one of those movies that makes you want to go home and join an organization, or donate money, or adopt an orphan. I couldn't shake the images, and to some extent still can't. I wanted to read more about it and find out where truth and fiction were blurred. Turns out there was more truth than fiction in the film, as I had anticipated. I have just started the book. I can't imagine that it will be a bad read; only a very sad one.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Museum of the Missing

Museum of the Missing by Simon Houpt was one of many books that I received for Christmas. Some of my favourite moments on Christmas Day and in the days following Christmas are spent curled up on the couch, with a hoard of dark chocolate and some really good books. I usually like to read non-fiction right after Christmas. I really don't know why...

This book is a nice coffee table book, but also a very easy and interesting read. The early section deals primarily with artwork that was stolen during WWII, which is a concise and fascinating read. It is well-written and has beautiful photographs and reproductions of all the major artwork which is described. I highly recommend it if you find this topic in any way interesting. I am half-way through, but so far, I rate it an 8/10.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Serving Crazy with Curry

I am currently reading Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi, which humorously describes a woman's pressure to marry and become a traditional Indian wife and the humiliation os losing her job in Silicon Valley. She tries to commit suicide as a result, only to be found and rescued by her obsessive mother. This book was recommended to me by Sophie, when I was going through my brother's suicide attempts, and I am finding it very insightful and genuine. I don't know whether the author has any firsthand experience with suicide attempts, but it reads in a refreshing and candid tone. The characters are delightful and remind me of Bend it Like Beckham, which remains one of my favorite movies. I am not finished yet, but I have a feeling that it will warrant a high rating!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Christmas Reading Wishlist

My Christmas Book Wishlist
In no particular order:
  • Hundertwasser -Harry Rand
  • Childhood Treasures: Handmade Gifts for Babies and Children: -Caroline Zoob
  • My Naughty Little Sister -Dorothy Edwards
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -David Fickling
  • Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story -Anne Kirschner
  • Inheritance of Loss -Kieran Desai
  • Running in the Family -Michael Ondaatje
  • The Sea -John Banville
  • Your Daughter Fanny; The War Letter of Frances Cluett
  • Apples: Recipes from Canada's Best Chefs -Elaine Elliot
  • Jamie's Dinners: Family Meals for Everyone -Jamie Oliver
  • Women in England 1500-1700: A Social History -Anne Laurence