Just Read: Cold Earth + Eight More

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Sometimes my reading choices are right in the thick of the mainstream, and very book-of-the-moment (i.e. Gone Girl, Divergent) and sometimes I’m off doing my own thing. The books I’ve read so far this year (which included Divergent, but you don’t need me to talk about that one), have been a mixed bag.

I absolutely loved Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, because I am such a child of that era, growing up at the same time, seeing the movies that he’s starring in. If you think he’s just another pretty-boy-airhead, you will be convinced otherwise and if you only know him from The West Wing, you’ll get a taste for his geeky-to-golden-boy early years. He narrates the audio book, which is how I read it, and it’s a treat to have his voice telling his story.

Quick Reviews

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss. Archaeology, haunted dig site and a race against the clock before the winter weather seals them off from the helicopter pick-up. Do not read while camping.

The Smartest Kids In The World by Amanda Ripley. Revealing thesis to why some countries have better prepared kids for success than others, and how we can learn from them.

When Wanderers Cease To Roam by Vivian Swift. Where do I start with this gorgeously written and illustrated seasonal journal? Vivian Swift has been a global nomad for twenty years and has finally set down her backpack. Now she roams her small village and finds a world of beauty within its smallness. Received a copy for my birthday from my mother-in-law and loved it enough to buy another one as a gift to my mother.

Are We Nearly There Yet? by Ben Hatch. Crazy, adventurous, funny, poignant, and a 5-month snapshot of what middle-age looks like for some. Sandwiched between young children and family illness, Ben Hatch ping-pongs between sippy cups, hospital visits, and a 5-month road trip with two kids under age four. Madness. Glad to have read it.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. See paragraph above.

Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift. For Francophiles, the newly coupled, or those who are interested in the musings on being a traveler rather than a tourist. Gorgeously illustrated with her watercolors and written with her unique observations. Liked it less than When Wanderers Cease To Roam, but still good.

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  Mother and son get through cancer treatments, dismal diagnosis and family dynamics with a very personal book club. Not my favorite book this year, but might be good for others.

Currently Reading

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The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (children/YA fiction – my daughter loved this book and insisted I read it. Also got a thumbs up from her teacher.)

Wild: From Lost To Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Fiction – received rave reviews, so I’m on the bandwagon once again.)

 Hope your summer allows for reading time. Let me know what books you’re reading and what you like/didn’t like. I’m all ears.

x Laura

 

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9 responses to “Just Read: Cold Earth + Eight More

  1. Glad you liked “When Wanderers Cease To Roam.” I did the delayed gratification thing and read only one chapter a month, savoring the prose and drawings a little at a time. “The Cellist of Sarajevo” and an Elizabeth George “Lynley” book are my summer reads.

  2. Thanks for the reviews, I could see reading Rob Lowe’s memoir. I just got ‘Lean In’ as a gift, so I may read it.

  3. You’re a mind reader, Laura! I JUST finished “Wild” and found that I couldn’t put it down once a finally I picked it up to read. Completely inspired, I planed a (much shorter) hike for my family for Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to checking out your book list!

  4. Keen on Are we nearly there yet :) Sounds like the right amount of crazy vs real life :)
    Edita
    http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

  5. With regards to copying countries, don’t emulate Korea. Tiger mom tactics won’t engender creativity badly needed for the 21st century economy, it will only crush it completely. I think Finland is an excellent example in this regard IIRC

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