It's that time again...here we go!
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: I decided to reread this classic. I remember having it read to my class when I was in the 4th grade. It is frequently referred to in religious settings and I wanted to give it another go around as an adult. I enjoyed it. I definitely felt more capable of interpreting the symbolism within the storyline. My only issue comes with the proper order of this series. I always thought this book was the first but there is some controversy about the chronological order vs. the publication order of the books. I enjoyed it enough to read the rest...I'll probably go with publication order.
The Alchemist: I'm not really sure what I thought of this book which is (I think) a first for me. It's a philosophical book about finding where your treasure lies, finding your way, and the legend you leave in the world. It was originally written in Portuguese by a Brazilian man then translated to English. Seems like most people I've talked to about the book either really love it or really don't love it. I can't say I really know where I lie in those two choices, though. The book would be an excellent selection for a lit class in college where it would garner some interesting discussion. I would say it's recommended by me mostly because I thought about the book after I finished reading it which is more than I can say for the majority of Janet Evanovich's books. Sorry, J (she likes it when I call her J).
The Glass Castle: What is it like growing up with two mentally ill parents? Read this book and you'll find out. Some things were surprising, some I could see coming but it was an interesting read. I read that Jennifer Lawrence recently signed on to play the lead in a movie adaptation. Strongly recommended. The end.
The Book of Joe: Big shot author makes it big by writing a fictional account of what it was like growing up in a small town. Author then has to return to small town where they all hate him with the fire of a thousand suns. Somewhat cheesy and cliche in its description of life in a small town (says the person who lives in a small town and grew up outside an even smaller town). Recommended with reservations.
The Bare Bones Bible Handbook: As someone who did not grow up in a church, I enjoyed this book to give general information about the different books of the bible. It's like a Cliff's Notes version of the bible. Recommended for those who have ADHD or for those who want to jump start their knowledge.
Twenties Girl: A chick goes to a long lost aunt's funeral and ends up being haunted by her until she can locate a necklace. Some of the dialogue is funny. A decent throw-away type of beach read.
Curses! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale: A twisty turny version of every fairy tale you've ever read or heard of. It was an interesting take on fairy tales recommended by a friend. Expect lots of cursing and u-turns as the author unwinds a murder story. Pretty decent read. I'll probably eventually read her other selections but I'm not in a hurry.
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Oh Willie. I'd like to think that you had not already rolled something up and smoked it when you were writing this book but clearly, this is false. I skimmed it while looking at his old photographs. Not really recommended unless you're a big fan of Willie. Or weed. Or Willie on weed.
What am I currently reading?