I'm so glad you asked! I am currently reading:
What I Have Recently Read - and what I thought of it!
January 2018 - 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
I loved reading this book! There are so many different versions of it made into movies, that I was curious as which was closest to the original. But I can honestly say none compare.
The book was great! It made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. God bless us every one!
May 2017 - 'Sugar in my Bowl' by Erica Jong
I must admit this book was not what I had expected. I was hoping for some real stories of women opening up about their experiences.
This book was not worth my time. And probably not yours. Put it back on the shelf and move on.
April 2017 - 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' - Roz Chast
I can't imagine anyone laughing at a subject as serious as dementia...but this book changed all of that for me. I laughed out loud at almost every situation. Mostly because of things I remember going through with my own Father. Roz has done a great thing here, by reminding us that humour can help us get through almost any difficult situation. I strongly recommend anyone with a parent read this book...and please, take it lightly.
March 2017 -'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd
This book was quite different from what I expected. More mystery, less love story. But it does chronicle the troubled bond between Mother and Daughter and just how far that bond goes.
One thing I always like to read about and witness in real life is a sisterhood (spoken or unspoken) where there is always someone who you can go to when you are in need. Can't wait to watch the movie!
February 2017 - 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed.
It was almost hard for me to remember I was reading Cheryl's story and not my own most times. The similarities were quite extraordinary. She and I have both been through extremely hard situations...and we have survived.
I watched the movie 'Wild' with Reese Witherspoon a few years ago and remember that I liked it. Then about a month ago some girlfriends and I decided to read the book together. Having now read the book, I understand the movie much better. My Husband and I watched it again this week and I must say I enjoyed it much better the second time around.
Girl Power! -Melinda
February 2018 - '1984' by George Orwell
This was the first time I've read this widely controversial book. I found it hard to follow at times, with the loosely-used political terms and 'newspeak'. The upsetting realization was even though this book was written in 1944 it is eerily similar to our world today. The fact they had a wide screen TV in their home that was interactive both ways, reminded me of our Smart TV's and Wii systems. One wonders how George Orwell knew things would be this way.
It's disturbing yet, well written. Not a long read. Would I want to read it again? No.
But I wouldn't disagree to seeing a movie based on it.