What I Read – June 2010

Big time summer reading mojo happening here!  Thanks to a five day vacation in Maine and a four hour round trip train ride, I made a pretty big dent into the ol’ TBR.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach
Light-hearted, curious and fascinating, Roach covers the history of sex-research.

The Barbed Rose, Gail Dayton
Compass Rose Trilogy #2
3 stars
The second in the series finds Kallista and her illian separated and fighting demons in the heart of Adara.

*Learning to Love You More, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher
5 stars
Based on the website which offered tasks for participants that ranged from “take a flash photo of under your bed” to “spend time with a dying person” this book offers the best insight into our basic humanness and willingness to connect with those around us.  If you haven’t read this or checked out the website (http://www.learningtoloveyoumore.com/), it’s a MUST!

The Glimmer Palace, Beatrice Colin
3 stars
Lily Nelly Aphrodite is the vehicle through which we see the history of early 20th century Germany and German film, from the turn of the century to just after World War II.

Cotillion, Georgette Heyer
3 stars
More a comedy of manners and  mistaken intentions than a true romance, Cotillion is a quick, fun, frilly romp through Regency London.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
4 stars
10-year old and chemistry whiz (especially with poisons) Flavia de Luce finds a dead man in the cucumber patch.  Finally, something exciting has happened and her life will never be the same!

The Help, Katheryn Stockett
4 stars
Told in three voices, this “moment in time” novel set in 1960s Jackson Mississippi will touch even the hardest of hearts.

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Stout
3 stars
Read for HBS Bookclub, I was pleasantly surprised by this little novel and it’s well-wrought short stories.

What have you read this summer? Any beach reads you’ve really enjoyed?  Share ’em!



4 responses to “What I Read – June 2010

  1. I love Mary Roach! Especially Stiff. Have you read that yet?

  2. I also enjoyed The Help, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and Olive Kitteridge.

    The best book I’ve read recently is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It’s a great non-fiction read about science and human rights.

  3. That book is everywhere, Jen! I’ve heard at least four interviews with the author. Guess the world (and the publicity machine) is telling me to read it. 🙂

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