{Bookshelf} March ’11

by Leighann on March 25, 2011

As if us parents of children with diabetes have the extra time or the energy to actually read a book, I’m giving it my best shot to read (or “read”) 50 books in 2011.

Visit my 2:00 AM Book Club page to see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 and those that are on my list.

Here are the books I’ve read so far.

February ’11 (Somehow I skipped my February post!)

Girl in Translation3. Girl in TranslationGirl in Translation
by Jean Kwok (audiobook)

Ah-Kim, or Kimberly to her American friends, and her mother come over from China. When her aunt disappoints them and thrusts them into a life of poverty, living in an abandoned building without heat and working in a clothing factory, Kimberly manages to somehow overcome the odds by excelling in school. I won’t tell you whether she pulls herself and her mother out of poverty or if it holds her back. This was an enjoyable book and I will probably seek out more books by this author. The narrator had the perfect Chinese-American accent to make the story seem as if was really being told by the main character.

Purchase Girl in Translation from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book.

Last Night Chateau Marmont4. Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A NovelLast Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel
by Lauren Weisberger (audiobook)

This is by the same author of The Devil Wears Prada. It’s the story of a seemingly happy couple. Brooke works two jobs to help her husband Julian spark his music career. Of course when he gets a recording contract and hits the road, the time and distance away from one another causes problems. The conflict that arises is predictable and the story probably could have been condenses a little. The narrator’s voice is a bit ordinary, but maybe that helps prove the point that she was an everyday kind of person before her husband became famous. But it was an enjoyable read full of mentions of contemporary celebrities.

Purchase Last Night at Chateau Marmont from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book.

Water For Elephants5. Water for Elephants: A NovelWater for Elephants: A Novel
by Sara Gruen (audiobook)

I don’t read too many novels told from the male perspective or narrated by men. Not sure why, maybe it was all of those college years when I was a Women’s Studies minor and took lots of literature classes focused on women.

Jacob is in the last days of his college career at an Ivy League school when something terrible happens. He walks away and jumps onto a moving train just to get away. Little does he know that this is a circus train and that joining the circus will change his life and help determine who he becomes. Told by two male narrators, one younger and one much older, we hear the story from Jacob’s perspective, both as it happens and as a reflection.

Attentive readers may realize half way through what will happen in the end (to both young Jacob and old), but you’ll want to keep reading as the events unfold leading up to the crescendo.

Purchase Water for Elephants from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book. The movie will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning 11/01/11.

March ’11

Your Diabetes Science Experiment6. Your Diabetes Science Experiment* by Ginger Vieira

This book is written by DOC member Ginger, who if you interact with on Twitter, FB, her blog, or IRL as I have, you will agree she is such an awesome person with a great attitude and positive outlook.

Purchase Your Diabetes Science Experiment from my affiliate Lulu

Look for a more thorough book review soon!

Dead in the Family7. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10)Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10) by Charlaine Harris (audiobook)

I found this book to be a little ho-hum. Has Charlaine Harris run out of ideas and out of steam? It was quick and light, as all of her books are, so it’s served it’s purpose to entertain. I think there are only a couple more books in the series, so I’ll keep on going with them.

Purchase Dead in the Family from my affiliate Barnes & Noble. It’s also available as a NOOK Book.

Book descriptions are from Barnes & Noble. Links to bookstores are affiliate links and are provided so that you can find the books easily. I personally utilize the public library quite a bit, especially for audiobooks and fiction. I received titles marked with an asterisk (*) free of charge for review consideration. Please read the disclosure statement regarding affiliate links.

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1 Briley March 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Heaven is for Real. I don’t remember the author, but it was incredible. It’s about a 4 year old boy who meets Jesus and goes to heaven during a surgery, but never clinically dies. The story is told how the parents figure this out of the course of 2-3 years


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