Was I living under a rock? No. Did I not read this year? No, I read.
Undocumented How Immigration Became Illegal. Chomsky is an immigrant rights activist and in this text she explores what being undocumented actually means. She does a great job putting things into a historical perspective too. So even though my family has been here awhile, her explanation really made me think. Clearly not everyone is afforded the opportunity to immigrate in the manner my ancestors did. It is not an easy Sunday afternoon kind of read. It opened my eyes though I am still unsure how I – unimportant as I am – can make a difference.
I read several books that were published prior to this year. My sister lent me a book by Susan Wittig Albert. She writes the China Bayles Mystery series and it was a great simple read. I dare say her books are light reading. They reminded me a lot of the Murder She Wrote series. In face I just finished reading Rosemary Remembered today. Time to order in the next one. I would like to read them in order, much less confusing that way!
I also picked up Steve Berry’s new novel, The
Myth. I had a lot going on this year and am only planning to actually start
it today. I’ve read several of his novels and they always keep me interested
the entire way through. Lincoln
There is nothing worse than being excited about a book and having it not live up to your expectations. This year I had three! The first was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I just could not get into it. My girls loved it. They could not put it down. I could not wait to put it down and sadly I have to admit, I did not even finish it.
The second was more my fault than the author. I should know by now never to actually attempt to read a Stephen King novel after
has touched it.
I liked the show Under the Dome. I
liked the characters. But the book is so different than the movie. I could not
keep things straight. I think had I read the book first I would have loved it. Hollywood
Finally, I used to really enjoy reading the Scarpetta Novels by Patricia Cornwell. This was perhaps more of a disappointment that the other two books because there was no movie to have “ruined” it and I had enjoyed previous books in the series. This one … was like someone else wrote it and simply signed Cornwell’s name. It dragged. It lacked any adrenaline that one normally feels while reading a murder mystery. It just … lacked.
So what’s on my reading list for this year?
First and foremost to finally relax and read
Berry’s The Myth. I would
also like to read the next novel in the China Bayles Series. That would be Rueful Death, I do believe. I also have
several history and non fiction books that have been sitting on my bookshelf
waiting for way too long now. Lincoln
Berry, Steve. The
Myth. Lincoln : Ballantine
Books, 2014. New York
Chomsky, Aviva. Undocumented How Immigration Became Illegal.
Beacon Press, 2014. Boston
Cornwell, Patricia. Red Mist.
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. New York
King, Stephen. Under the Dome.
Gallery Books, 2009. New York
Wittig Albert, Susan. Rosemary Remembered.
New York: Prime Crime, 1995. Berkley
Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief.
Alfred A Knopf, 2005. New York
C. 2014, Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman