two NEW book ratings

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Oh my goodness!¬† When I have a book to read…NOTHING else gets done around here! ūüôā¬† 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’m reading a NEW book

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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!