Books to read from May 2016
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Biblio-files for May 2016

Books to read from May 2016

I’m pretty behind in my book posts, so apologies on this being way over due and the first of a couple this month. June and July were so hectic with traveling, packing and moving that I ready so little, so I’ll combine the next two. May I was still on a roll with my recent mission of taking back wasted time that there were too many to lump in with the other two months…so here we go*:

1. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Đặng Thùy Trâm. You know how when you read a biography and you are instantly mesmerized by it and feel transported into their life? This was not one of those biographies. I was distracted by the style of the writer. I did not flow through this book. The story was interesting, but I dragged through the telling of it.

2. Notes from The Underwire by Quinn Cummings. Amusing. Exactly what you’d expect it would be, which is comforting in a way. If you enjoy humorous stories about life events by funny women then pick it up, you’ll enjoy it.

3. Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth. I loved this book. Fascinating story, well written and made me really excited to read the next one. I have not watched the series based on the books, but I’ve heard wonderful things about that too.

4. Gay Men Don’t Get Fat by Simon Doonan. I always enjoy Doonans writing. He is full of sassy, wry wit and his books are hilarious. This one did cause me to get aggressive with my input on Adams stye, but I stand by that being a good thing.

5. Three Junes by Julia Glass. There were basically three sections in the book and through the entire middle section, but neither of the other two, I kept feeling like I had read it before. I know I did. But how did I forget the other parts?? I don’t think I would have had I read them as I really enjoyed them. Maybe in a book of collected stores?? No idea where I read it, but I read it again and loved it.

6. By Invitation Only by Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Alexis Maybank. Great story about the women who founded Gilt. I love company biographies and was fascinated by this one. Well written, interesting and I learned so much!

7. Bonk by Mary Roach. Another landslide for Ms. Roach. If you have not yet read her books, you need to start. This one is obviously about sex, but not in the way you think. Excellent book!

8. Drive by Daniel H. Pink. Ugh, I hate Pinks writing. It’s dry, so very dry research writing. I read this for book club. There were a few points while reading that I found interesting, but I was so bored reading it that I forgot most of it.

9. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. I was so into this book that I dosed it out to make it last. I wish there were 200 more books written like this one, I would read every single one. I learned a huge amount and was captivated by it. The Presidents Club was established by Truman and Hoover when Eisenhower came into office. The book begins then and explores the relationship of the living presidents through history until now. It was such an incredible read!

10. The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg. I love, love, love this book. I am making my book club read it this month. DVB has an amazing story and I loved reading about it. Such an impressive woman!

11. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Hated it. I feel mislead in everything ever written about it. Women, Work and the Will To Lead. Where in that sub title or in anything written about this book does it say it is about having kids and working? No where. Yet, it is 95% about working mothers. That’s great and all if you want to read about the subject but I have 0 interest in it. I also found Sandbergs writing whiney and annoying. I felt like yelling at her to get some self esteem and to just STFU about how hard everything is and how no one listens to her. I kept hoping it would move on or she would grow a backbone but neither  happened.

12. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Not a whiney and annoying book. So interesting to think back about these last three books in this order. #10 and #12 included talking about holocaust and isis attack survivors who are amazing role models and wonderful people. A sharp contrast to #11. Skip #11 and pick up one of the other 2 instead. But back to Malala, you need to read this book. This young woman is amazing and her story should be heard by everyone.


Superlatives for the May list

Most likely to tell you to read if I saw you in person: The Presidents Club
Most likely to be forgettable: Drive
Most likely to be amazing: I Am Malala
Most likely to enjoy on a plane or beach: Three Junes
Most likely to make you laugh: Notes from The Underwire
Most likely make you want to read all of the others books by the author: Bonk
Most likely to bring to book club: The Woman I Wanted To Be
Most likely to apply to work: By Invitation Only
Least likely to be what you thought: Gay Men Don’t Get Fat
Least likely to put down: Call The Midwife
Least likely to recommend: Lean In
Least likely to laugh: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace

*In my biblio-files I write about what I thought and felt about the book, in the style that if I ran into and you said you needed a book to read, and asked what have I been reading, this is what I would say. To find out the plot or what is written on the back, simply look it up on amazon, good reads or at your favorite book store!


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