Monday, March 15, 2010

Hold on!

Today I went for an eye exam (looking good! -- pun intended) and stopped by the library to pick up the books they had on hold for me.  You'd think the ten books I told you about yesterday would be enough to read, but no, here are three more.

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron is at top left.  I reviewed this 2007 Newbery Medal Winner back in 2007.  I got this copy from the library so I can promote it at my April book club meeting because some of the women want to read Newbery books.  Other Newberys that I suggest are (1) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, that I wrote about yesterday; (2) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, that I reviewed Friday; (3) Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff, that my online book club read and discussed; (4) On My Honor  by Marion Dane Bauer, which I reviewed a couple of years ago; and (5) A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond, which I reviewed in August.  (Actually, I have loved quite a few more of the Newbery books, but I'll save those for another post.)

Olive Ketteridge by Elizabeth Strout has a "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" sticker on it.  The book is due back in seven days, so I need to finish The Secret History of the Mongol Queens (see yesterday's list) and start reading this novel.  Olive lives in Maine, so I'm hoping this one will count toward my Book Around the States challenge.  I'll let you know.

I want to read America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins (the big book down front) because her 2009 book, When Everything Changed, is excellent.  Maybe I'll review them together.  America's Women spans the years from "The First Colonists" to "The Sixties"; When Everything Changed takes us from 1960 to the present.  I seem to be "doing history" backwards!

1 comment:

Beth said...

I LOVED Olive Kitteridge. For me, it was one of those books that lingered on in my mind long after I put it down. I was so taken with how Strout made me care so deeply for an unlikable character. I hope you like it, Bonnie.