My Reading List


I was asked again, what I am reading these days…so I thought I would give an update…I would love to hear what you are reading…send in your comments so we can all know together…

Children’s Books:

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life  Wendy Mass 

“When Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious box on his thirteenth birthday with the words The Meaning of Life engraved on the lid, he and his best friend Lizzie can’t wait to find out what’s inside.  But when he discovers that the box is locked, he and Lizzie set off on an adventure around Manhattan to find the keys to life’s biggest mystery.”  Definitely a good read…

Fiction:

Ape House: A Novel  Sarah Gruen (author of Water for Elephants)

Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also   know American Sign Language.
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.
When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.
Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen’s place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.”  I am not finding it as spell binding as Water for Elephants, but a good read.

Nonfiction:

The Web That Has No Weaver  Ted J Kaptchuk, O.M.D.

“The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine.  This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Western and Eastern healing practices.  This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.”  I like the expansion and updated information.  An interesting read and understanding.

Books About Writing:

the po*e*try dic*tion*ar*y  John Drury 

“A comprehensive resource of poetry terms for any lover, teacher or student of poetry.  Author and poet John Drury gives clear, relevant definitions to the terms that all poets need to know and understand.  In a friendly tone, with hundreds of classic and contemporary examples, Drury teaches concepts that will broaden and stimulate your creative processes.”  I love this book…have been having fun reading about the different types of poems and attempting writing in each form.

There are probably about 5-6 other books open or with bookmarks around the house…but these are some of my “main reads” right now…enjoy!

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2 Replies to “My Reading List”

  1. I just started “Life of Pi.” I’ve wanted to read it for a long time, but I am just now getting around to it. In children’s books I recently read and recommend “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle and “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. I know “Wrinkle” is a classic, but I had never read it. It happens to be the favorite book of the main character in Rebecca’s book. Both books were a lot of fun to read. As for writing books, I just started a book you recommended, “The FORREST for the TREES” by Betsy Lerner. I’m not too far into it yet but like it so far.

    1. I really liked the Life of Pi…I heard they are making or have made a movie…our book club years ago had such a good discussion about the ending of the book…can’t wait to hear your thoughts…I will have to look for “When You Reach Me”…thanks for sharing…

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