Oh my goodness! When I have a book to read…NOTHING else gets done around here! 🙂 I think my family must cringe when they see me walking in from a trip to the library….thinking, “Great!….Now how am I supposed to get Mom’s attention if I need her!?!” HaHa! Here are my latest reads. I’m giving them both 4 out of 5 stars. (Just so you know, I RARELY give out 5’s).
The Rent Collector is fiction based on real people. I was hesitant to read it, thinking I wasn’t interested in a depressing story about extreme poverty, but that was not the focus at all. It focused on learning and how the mother became literate even though she lived in a municipal city dump. Very good book! I recommend it!
The Island at the Center of the World is a longer read, but very interesting. It’s a history book about the Island of Manhattan in the early 1600’s. I don’t know about your history teachers, but mine didn’t even mention the Dutch colony….all I was taught was the English colonies….the pilgrims, the puritans etc. I might be a bit more interested in this book than the average reader because I’ve been doing a fair amount of New York family history. But if you like history books, this one is very good!
Again, I give them 4 out of 5 stars. Learn or DO something NEW today!
I love to read and wish I had more time to do so. This weekend I started a NEW book that was recommended to me. I love, loVE, LOVE recommended books from friends and family because there’s nothing worse than spending time reading a book you don’t enjoy…right? What a waste of time! Recommended books, at least, have a better chance of enjoyment than just random books. I’m all for time efficiency! I’m also loving Shelfari.com where I can keep track of the books I’ve read and also the books I want to read. It’s a virtual bookshelf. I once started a book that sounded quite familiar and I wondered aloud to my husband if we’d maybe seen a movie with the same plot as I was reading. He mentioned he thought he’d seen me read that book before. Oops! He was right! I had read the book before and had simply forgotten I had. So now I also type a short summary into Shelfari to jog my memory of what the book was about, in case I have that problem in the future. My shelfari page is strictly for my reference. I don’t really have time to use it for any social media purposes, but I love having it available! Some of my friends use GoodReads, and I’m sure there are other sites out there. If you like to read and haven’t tried a similar site….try something NEW! You’ll like it! OR pick up a NEW book!….and be sure to let me know of any good recommendations!