So, here are the books I have read for the month of September. I had a little more time to read this month, since I was feeling under the weather for part of it. There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.
1 Strange Skies by Matt Marinovich ©2007 – A man pretends to have cancer because he doesn’t want to have the children his wife wants very badly. Of course, this “illness” spills over into other aspects of his life…☻☻☻☻
2 Tomorrow’s God by Neale Donald Walsch ©2003 – “The author of the Conversations with God series writes another “dialogue” between two voices on the subject of who God is and how the human understanding of God makes a difference in choices and behavior. Walsch writes candidly that “very little here cannot be found, cumulatively, in the sacred writings of all the world’s wisdom traditions,” as he retells the life story of the Buddha and insists on the divinity of Jesus Christ. Yet, he continues, in much the same way a more traditional theologian would, humans “have not been listening.” His objection is to a God made in the image of humanity that has justified violence and exclusivity (italics mine). The alternative he proposes is an imminent process rather than a super being who demands allegiance. For Walsch, this “expanded view” of God and spirituality engenders improvements in human institutions.” (review by Publisher’s Weekly). I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I wish EVERYONE on the planet, of every country and religion, would read it. ☻☻☻☻☻+
3 One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat ©2005 – Lightweight little novel about one night in the lives of a group of call center workers in India. An interesting perspective from the Indian point of view about life, materialism, and work.☻☻☻
4 You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen ©2006 – A young aimless woman, Bec, takes a job as a caretaker for a woman with advanced ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The woman, Kate, is physically very handicapped but mentally very sharp. Bec learns a lot from Kate- lessons about marriage, illness and its impact on the sick and the well. ☻☻☻☻
5 Literacy and Longing In L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman / Karen Mack ©2006 – Bibliophiles (like me) will enjoy this book. There’s not a lot of substance to it, but readers like me relate to the character’s love of reading and how she finds comfort in it when things in her life go wrong. ☻☻☻
6 The Extra Large Medium by Helen Slavin ©2007- I love novels about the supernatural or paranormal. But this one was a waste of time from start to finish. It follows the life of a British woman who struggles with her abilities as a medium and speaker for the dead. I think some of the problem was the language (many British phrases I did not understand or could not determine from context). I found the writing style hard-to-follow and there were many awkward transitions where the character is in one place and then suddenly is somewhere else. Use to light your barbeque at that early autumn cookout.☻
7 The Ruins of California by Martha Sherrill ©2006 – A just-OK story about a California family in the 1970’s. The main character, Inez, who is part Mexican, part Anglo, and part Peruvian, grows up with her divorced parents in tow. She has a very permissive father, who has one girlfriend after another; he is interested in every aspect of her life and gives her many suggestions about relationships and sex as she gets older. He’s not exactly the best source for this information and Inez finds her own ways to relate to the opposite sex. ☻☻☻
☻☻☻☻☻ Excellent. I highly recommend this book. Wonderfully plotted or chockful of insights.
☻☻☻☻ Very good. May have minor aspects of style or plot that prevented it from getting 5 smileys.
☻☻☻ Flawed, but of some entertainment or thought-provoking value.
☻☻ Read this book if you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing else handy to read.
☻ Don’t bother, it’s a waste of time. A suggested use is to light the fire for cooking your fish on the desert island.