Here are the books I have read so far in 2008, part two. There are too many to present in one post, so I’m breaking them up a bit. Sorry my reviews aren’t as detailed as usual, but I figured no one would read this post if it became that long!!
There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.
21 Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez ©2007 –☻☻☻☻☻ Non-fiction. American beautician relocates to Afghanistan to help locals women open a salon. Deals with all kinds of cultural issues, including mainly those of gender and the struggles (and sense of humor) of Afghani women.
22 & 23 Chasing Eden and Beyond Eden by S.L. Linnea ©2006 & 7 –☻☻☻☻ American soldier in Iraq becomes involved with a group of advanced humans who inhabit a utopian plane separate from ours.
24 Courageous Souls by Robert Schwartz ©2006 –☻☻☻☻ Non-fiction. Speculations regarding the concept of humans choosing the lessons they want to learn in their lifetimes before birth, thus selecting their basic circumstances in life.
25 The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith ©2007 –☻☻☻☻☻ 8th installment of my favorite series “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency” which revolves around a Botswana woman who runs this agency, her family, and the colorful characters encountered in the mysteries she solves. Highly recommended series!
26 The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner ©2008 –☻☻☻☻☻ Non-fiction. Author visits countries who rate highest and lowest on the “Happiness Survey” and writes about his observations of the people and their environments.
27 Temples on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne ©2008 ☻☻☻ “Non-fiction.” Interesting ideas about the afterlife. I guess we’ll all find out how true they are once we get there.
28 Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds ©2005 ☻☻☻☻ Non-fiction. After her home is damaged in 911, a woman and her life partner relocate to Garrison, New York, a small town on the Hudson River. She becomes totally engrossed with the locals, especially those who run a family tavern, and all the colorful characters who hang out at the bar.
29 Do Dead People Watch You Shower? By Concetta Bertoldi ©2008 ☻☻ “Non-fiction.” More speculations on the afterlife. Not my cup of tea.
30 The Mind of the Soul by Gary Zukav ©2003 ☻☻☻☻☻ Non-fiction. As usual, more soul-soothing observations by the mellow and personable Zukav.
☻☻☻☻☻ 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.