After a crazy busy week - cottage, client meetings, rentals cars, a visit to the aquarium, a family wedding, and lots of time in the car - I'm catching up on everything! I'm bursting with stories of our adventures and busy getting pictures off the various cameras and ready to post.
I realized I hadn't posted about the books I read last month and one of my goals this year was to blog monthly about what I've been reading. After being away for a week all the toys seem new again and the kids are playing happily so I have a minute. Okay! Here's my list. What have you been reading?
29. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
From Goodreads: On May 9th 1996, five expeditions launched an assault on the summit of Mount Everest. The conditions seemed perfect. Twenty-four hours later one climber had died and 23 other men and women were caught in a desperate struggle for their lives as they battled against a ferocious storm that threatened to tear them from the mountain. In all, eight climbers died that day in the worst tragedy Everest has ever seen.
Jon Krakauer, an accomplished climber, joined a commercial expedition run by guides for paying clients, many of whom had little or no climbing experience. In Into Thin Air he gives a thorough and chilling account of the ill-fated climb and reveals the complex web of decisions and circumstances that left a group of amateurs fighting for their lives in the thin air and sub-zero cold above 26,000 feet - a place climbers call 'The Death Zone'. Into Thin Air reveals the harsh realities of mountaineering and echoes with frantic calls of climbers lost high on the mountain and way beyond help.
My thoughts: Everyone knows of Everest but I'll bet you don't really KNOW what it takes to climb the mountain. I had no idea it took so much planning, so much time, and so much grit to get to the top. And that's just half the journey! So many people have died climbing the mountain and this story has its fair share of death. It's the gripping account of an attempt at the summit and gave me a much better idea of what climbing Mt. Everest really means. It also helped me decide that it isn't something I'd like to do.
30. Growing a Rainbow by Lesley Donaldson-Reid
From Goodreads: In the honest and gripping narrative within Growing a Rainbow, Lesley Donaldson-Reid recounts the perilous journey of Baby Torran, who arrived three months early and weighed less than a pair of running shoes. Witness through her eye as Baby Torran fights to for his first breath and against the staggering impacts of his premature birth. Lesley’s passionate words brings hope to parents of preemies as she raises awareness about this unexpected outcome of pregnancy. This must-read is a true love story for everyone who cherishes children.
My thoughts: Growing a Rainbow is the author's story of her pregnancy and then the birth of her son, 3 months earlier than expected. Being a doula I've read a lot about premature birth but this book gave me a much better idea of what it actually means to have a preemie. (Always learning!) The long days and nights in the hospital, the endless tests your baby must endure, the unknown. I wanted to reach through the pages and give Lesley and her partner a big hug. I would recommend this book for anyone who knows a family who has had a baby early.
31. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
From Goodreads: Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
My thoughts: Another Sarah Dessen novel that was an acceptable read, but nothing spectacular.
32. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
From Goodreads: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
My thoughts: THIS is what I'd been waiting for.. a well-written novel to get lost in. I miss fiction when I take a break from it and this book was so nice to read. It's a sad story but a good one.
33. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
From Goodreads: When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
My thoughts: I wasn't sure about this book when it started off with a teenage suicide. It seemed dark, and it was in places, but it was a good book. Gayle Forman is a good author.
For a list of all the books I've read this year check out this list!
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