I’m Back – November Reading List

(My blogging has kind of lagged lately. My neck has been hurting and computing makes it worse, so I have cut back a little for now. I have fibromyalgia and my computer chair no longer works for me. So please, don’t give up on me!! Until I can get more comfortable, I will be blogging sporadically, but I’ll still be blogging!!)

Anyway, I now present…

Here are the books I have read for the month of November. There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.

1. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez ©1991 – I love novels about ethnic families, but this one was to me quite lackluster. It involves the lives of five Dominican girls who come to the US with their parents and how they assimilate into US culture while maintaining ties to their native cultures. ☻☻☻


2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ©2002 – One of the most absorbing books I have ever read. A young motherless girl in the South runs away from home due to her father’s abuse and her guilt over her mother’s death. She is taken in by a beekeeper who helps her come to terms with her family’s past. ☻☻☻☻☻


3. Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson ©1958,1986 – After a man is hypnotized at a party, he discovers he has gained unusual mental powers. As he struggles to deal with these powers, he learns some uncomfortable truths about his neighbors. ☻☻☻☻☻


4 Eleven Hours by Paullina Simons ©1998 – Pregnant woman is kidnapped by psycho. I don’t normally read books like this, but I love everything I’ve ever read by this author, she’s one of my favorites. The book is action-packed and has a satisfying ending. To say anything more would ruin it. ☻☻☻☻☻


5 Pretty Birds by Scott Simon ©2005 – Melancholy novel of Sarajevo, starting from normalcy and follows the devolution of the city and the spread of the genocide. The plot revolves around a young girl who is a high school basketball star in Sarajevo and how her life changes after the fighting begins. Makes you wonder how you would hold out in similar circumstances.☻☻☻☻


6 Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll ©1987- If you are a fan of the book Alice in Wonderland you’ll like this book. If not, well…it was one of the most ridiculous stories I have ever read. And I like fantasy and sci-fi! Not worth describing, I just want to forget I wasted 4 hours of my life reading it. ☻


7 The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi – A bizarre book about a future Earth where aliens from other planets live among us. The plot contains elements of politics, genetics, and comedy. It revolves around the retrieval of a genetic strain of extinct sheep that is required for the coronation ceremony of a certain alien race. Prevention of an interstellar war is at stake. Yes, it’s definitely weird. ☻☻☻


8 Life After Life by Richard Moody, MD, PhD ©1975 – Very exciting study of life after death. This is the research from which the ideas of white lights and tunnels seen after death came from. ☻☻☻☻☻




☻☻☻☻☻ 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.





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8 responses to “I’m Back – November Reading List

  1. First time visit. Nice to know you. I love your blogs.. I feel the friendliness here. I’m the reading lover too but I don’t have much time to read. Your summarize of each reading urge me to back to a thing I love – reading. @^o^@

  2. ethan

    Saying Bones of the Moon is a ridiculous book and The Secret Life of Bees is a great one is a true indication of the tepidness and lack of imagination in your taste. -* smiley

  3. Les

    I have seen a doco called the secret life of bees….it was very interesting the way they appear to dance instructions to other bees where they have been.

  4. Glory – thanks for stopping by!! Nice to meet a fellow reader. I am so glad you like my blog, I do try to make it a welcoming place and I’m glad that comes through! I write a reading list post once a month, so maybe I’ll see you again next time!

    Ethan – Your comments and opinions are always welcome. Just keep it nice – * smiley

    Les – I love bees. They are such sophisticated creatures. I saw a thing on tv about bees as well, and you’re right, that dancing communication they have boggles the mind. I wonder when they will figure out why the bees are disappearing?

  5. Les

    perhaps someone is manufacturing very small magicians outfits!!!

    Hey why dont you get yourself a cheap laptop so you can sit anywhere you like in or out of the house

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  7. I love the diversity of your reading lists, it reminds me of what it must be like to live in a house without a 4 year old… What it was like to read until I fell asleep, to pick up a book knowing that you did not have to put it down until you were ready to, ah the joy of reading a really good book…

    I think you discovered the one person who fell down the rabbit hole, and appears to have the same tact as one of the characters in the novel… Not all books are for all people. Clearly the two books Ethan referred to were on different sides of the library, so to speak… To compare them to each other, and your opinions of them, and then to judge you based on your preferences between the two ~ as if that makes sense, is just asinine. Kudos to you Sonja for all your tact!
    I for one am not feeling so tactful this morning… Having said that, I am ready to move on.

    Stir of Echoes was not a book that I read but did see as a movie, and enjoyed. Les has some interesting ideas, in bees and laptops! When Cory was a baby bees terrified me, not knowing if he’d have an allergic reaction if stung. Cory loves flowers so our walks were a bit inundated with bees… But nary a laptop did we see while out for a stroll, sorry!

    Hope you get to feeling better soon, I know how miserable neck pain can be. Muddling through it myself these last 10 years has never been pleasant or easy. But friends, books, writing, and mostly laughter will get your through better than anything!

  8. I had no idea you had fibromyalgia. My mother in law has that along with a variety of other ailments. I didn’t know Stir of Echoes was a Matheson book. I love his stuff! I did se ethe movie a while back and it was decent.

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