Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Reading List

Okay so it might take a few summers to read all of these books! I used to read all the time but I haven't had as much time in the last couple of years. I miss it and I'm going to read at least a couple of books this summer. I joined a book club that meets once a month and haven't been able to attend any of the meetings....I've missed 3 so far. Recently on my adoption yahoo group a bunch of books were suggested as something to read following There Is No Me Without You. If you haven't read this great book by Melissa Fay Greene, then please do! Here's the list:
God Grew Tired Of Us by J. Bul Dau and M. Sweeny
Africa Is Not A Country by Margy Burns Knight
Love In The Driest Season by Neely Tucker
The Hospital By The River by Hamlin
In Ethiopia with a mule by Derva Murphy
Blue Clay by William Powers
Our Day To End Poverty (a 24 chapter book on different ways to eliminate poverty) by Daley, Harris and Keenan
Then I have a list of books not related to Africa:
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseine
#1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
If anyone has read from this list I would love to have your review. I'll let you know what I think as I read them.


  1. I've not read any of them (except There is No Me Without You). Thanks for a list of books to check out!


  2. Jaime and I love the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books. In fact, Alexander McCall Smith has a children's series as well about Akimbo, a young boy who has adventures with crocodiles, elephants, snakes, and the like. The grandkids absolutely love these. They are chapter books, best read by grandpa in the big easy chair...grandkids piles high on all sides!!

  3. I love Alexander McCall Smith. #1 Ladies Detective Agency was the first book of his that I read and the first in his series by the same name. It is excellent! The story is original, the writing style is beautifully simple (in the way the Fr. R assures me is very difficult to achieve). And for busy mom's it is a book that is very easy to read in terms of length, depth, ect.

    "I hope that this girl, whoever she is, is good for him." The sentiment sounded trite, but then didn't most good sentiments sound trite? It was hard to make goodness--and good people--sound interesting.

    Yet the good were worthy of note, of course, because they battled and that battle was a great story, whereas the evil were evil because of moral laziness, or weakness, and that was ultimately a dull and uninteresting affair.

    This quote from Blue Shoes and Happiness sums up exactly what I love about his books. They are about good people.

  4. Ah, birthday number four and middle-kid got to have such a special time. These are for-life memories you are building. Ones he will refer back to when he's an adult. All your kiddoes are lucky to have parents that DO things with them. Parents that teach moral values, and show daily the importance of family, and know how to laugh as well as love.



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