Books Read in 2012: 11-20

Of all my New Year’s Ambitions, I think my plan to read 52 books in the 52 weeks of this year is the one I’m enjoying the most.  I’d lost my groove a bit, reading wise, but now I’m back to devouring books whenever possible.  Here are a few brief words on numbers 11-20 on the list!

 I thought this was an interesting look at ex-pat life.  As a military brat, I know what it’s like to live somewhere different, and I thought Combe captured well the feeling of being part of somewhere, but not really belonging.  An innovative look at life in the Gulf.

 Classic cheesy chicklit.  Not big, not clever, but very easy to read before bed!

 I found this book absolutely fascinating – all the more so as I read in in a US election year!  Totally reminded me of an awful lot of American political processes I’d studied way back in sophomore year!  Beautifully written, balanced, fair and intriguing.  Highly recommended.


 Such a fun book!  Charming, witty and wise, the prose zips along and is effervescent and easy to read.  Love Rushing Tomlinson’s take on manners and modern life!

 I found the premise for this book challenging and interesting.  In a world where it often feels like possessions end up possessing us and we’re all busy and stressed (seemingly all the time), this call to downsize, simplify and re-assess was thought-provoking and really made me think about changes I might want to make in my own life.

 A funny, charming read.

 My friend Amber recommended this to me (she’s really into her running – such an inspiration!) and I really enjoyed it.  Well written, full of great facts and interesting characters.  Once I’m back to health a little more (belly be gone!) I hope to use some of the wisdom of this book in a practical way.  A fantastic book.

I read all three of the Millennium trilogy.  I wouldn’t say I enjoyed them (they are very dark and unsettling!), but they were written well, suspenseful, and they are such a part of the wider culture I’m glad I’ve experienced them.  Won’t be watching the movies though – I’d be terrified to see some of the scenes from these books acted out!

What books are you reading?


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  1. Christielli
    13th May 2012 / 11:23 pm

    I'm impressed with how you are keeping up with your reading, especially with how you've been so busy with moving to your new house! I'm actually just one book behind you.. I pledged to read 3 books per month this year I once tried to do the 52 books, but it was impossible for me! However, since I've been using reading as my escape from reality, I've been doing a lot of it.I think of this crop of books, the one I'd be most interested in reading is Game Change. Will keep it in mind.Also, have I ever told you about how I saw "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Swedish version)?Basically, a guy I'd started dating suggested we go see a movie. This movie got good reviews. I only looked at the # of stars and not read the review though. Since everyone was reading those books, I figured it was like the Da Vinci Code, so we went.I had previously told him that I didn't like violent movies, and this was what I brought him to. It was HILARIOUS. I kept having to cover my eyes and he was laughing so hard at me.Morever, I'd bought my dad the books, and afterwards, I was like "that is SO INAPPROPRIATE for my father to read!" The point of this story is, don't see the movie.. it's pretty horrific. But funny if you are unaware it's gonna be that way!

  2. Riot Kitty
    14th May 2012 / 3:49 am

    I'm reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The author is brilliant! So is the translator (writer is French.)

  3. Barefoot blogger
    14th May 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Wow, so glad I found your blog. I'm always looking for book recommendations. I love to read and usually have my nose stuck in a book. Thanks for the recommendations.

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