In the past few years, I feel like I never have time to read books unless I'm on vacation. But I've had the chance to knock out a few tomes since the beginning of the year. So, here's a peek at the pile of books on the floor by my bed (I'm not going to act like I have a grand bookcase, if I'm reading a book or have read it recently, it's on the floor by my bed).
If you've caught the HBO movie with this name, you know half of this book--all about Sarah Palin and John McCain's campaign. However, the other half of the book is the more fascinating part--the run up to Obama securing the Democratic nomination. Everything that happened between him and Hillary Clinton, and how she almost didn't accept the nomination of Secretary of State.
Have you seen the movie Beaches? Then you've pretty much read this book. Too bad I didn't figure this out until I was almost done. Still, not a bad read.
The Book Thief
In the past few years, I've been very pleasantly surprised by young adult fiction--The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and now, The Book Thief. It's this generation's Number the Stars, about a girl being raised by a foster family in Nazi Germany. It's heart-breakingly good, and a different take on WWII from the perspective of Germans (as in, life wasn't great for those in Germany either, the Nazis made everyone's lives hell and blamed the races they were persecuting.)
The Glass Castle
Many books I've rushed through reading because I'm dying for the resolution at the end. These are usually books involving crime, and I can't wait for the "bad guys" to get their justice. In Cold Blood is a perfect example--I couldn't wait for the two murderers to get arrested. The Lovely Bones is another, you know who the murderer is, everyone does, and you just know he'll get what's coming to him. I read The Glass Castle with the same fervor--yet it's a memoir of the author's life. And let me say, if you thought your family was dysfunctional, it was a cake walk compared to the destitute and delusional upbringing the author faced. It's a story of resilience that makes a bad week or year in your life like a blip on the radar. Don't let this depressing synopsis sway you from the book, it's a must-read.
The stack for the next batch includes Me Talk Pretty One Day, The Paris Wife, and This is Where I Leave You. Stay tuned for the next big hit :-)