Time to move from writing to reading… II

In May, I printed a reading list.
I ‘d like to update a few since then:

Highly Recommended

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
      Very different, loved the integration of the graphics into the story
The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson
      The pacing, the twists and soft pains, the store she opens, the Italian
      background, the relationships, all very impressionist, very nice

A few I had to put down ..

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
      After 75 pages or so, it was “enough already”.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
      After 15 pages, it was “enough already”.

Oldie but still a goodie:

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      I can not get tired of reading this lovely young people’s book
      which is written for everyone.


This was the list I printed in May

Books/authors that I have been reading recently whose words leap off the page at me, that make me say wow, make me reread the words aloud, make me want to call you up and say listen to this, or where the hell did they ever get the idea to do that:

The Curfew by Jesse Ball
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Oldies but goodies:

In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts


The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam
Most poems by e. e. cummings

Let’s talk about any of these or others that you’ve read or are rereading.
Recommend yours!


3 thoughts on “Time to move from writing to reading… II

  1. I, too, was enthralled with “Miss Peregrine”. It was beautifully done, and the story moved right along without being cliche or predictable.
    My recent trips down memory lane always include a few YA titles – although I haven’t looked at Lois Lowry in a while. I’m currently reading The Hobbit to my children, and they are delighted. It’s a lot of fun to see it through new eyes!

    • The Underside of Joy takes place on the west coast and is a wonderful tale of a step mom and her mis-steps in trying to take care of her stepchildren while also relaying a secondary tale of the Japanese internment during WWII alongside a beautifully descriptive narrative of the town she lives in. It is light, fast, and endearing reading.

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