Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Read Wednesday

Sorry, today was a day… I meant to get this up sooner. I'm sure all five of you who religiously read this were anxiously awaiting my post (ha).

Night of the Soul Stealer (The Last Apprentice, Book 3)
Reviewing book series is really annoying, so bear with me. This one and the next are in the Last Apprentice series. They were a good connection to the previous books and still very interesting. This is described as a darker Harry Potter and while it's written for younger kids, I would definitely agree that it's darker than the earlier Harry Potter novels. I like these!
Attack of the Fiend (The Last Apprentice, Book 4)

The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War
I really enjoy books about soldiers and the lack of mental health support because I always hope that they will bring about change. This book is about Mark and Carol Graham and their plight to change this very issue. Their middle son, Kevin, committed suicide while still in college with army aspirations. Their oldest son, Jeff, was killed in action in Iraq shortly after. Although Kevin was not technically in the military at the time of this death, the differences between reactions to Jeff's death and Kevin's death drove Mark and Carol to try to seek help for military members and remove the terrible stigma around mental health issues. Mark is a two-star Army General and was well-placed to view the struggles faced by many and the way they're viewed within the armed services. It is heartbreaking. Men are harassed for admitting that they're struggling during or after a war, when the reality is that PTSD is a serious issue. This book chronicles what's been done and what's left to do (spoiler alert: a LOT). As hard as this was to read, I believe that it's extremely important.

The Keep
Recommendation from Barb. Two cousins are reunited after an act of childhood mischief goes horribly awry. Woven seamlessly within these chapters is the story of Ray, chronicling an incident for his prison writing class, spinning reality into fantasy (or vice versa). What I really enjoyed about this story is that reality and fantasy were seamlessly woven together, leaving you wonder what was real and what wasn't. I did not enjoy how the ending just kind of lost momentum, it seemed, but it was still overall a very engaging read.

What are you reading?


Barb Ruess said...

I read Big Little Lies and was so happy to have something that I looked forward to reading. Most fun I've ever had reading about domestic violence & bullying. ;)

I started to read The Shell Seekers and I think I'll like this book but it's been sitting on my bookstand so long that I've run out of renewals for it. So I stopped reading it and will return it today to read some other time.

Unknown said...

I've been overdosing on fiction lately and need some non-fiction to cleanse my palette. SO, I am reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

Carla said...

I am reading your blog... And lots of books to my 3 & 4 yr olds. Thanks to your kick ass reviews, my kindle wish list is growing like a beast.

One crazed mommy said...

Well - I'm still reading Rare Bird by Anna Donaldson - I have to take it in doses, because it makes me cry...however, just like her blog it makes me laugh as well. She writes about her son's death and the grief process so eloquently - not always pretty...kind of like crying, it's not always a pretty cry...and she captures the good, the grace and the ugly. She doesn't hold back. The snitty comments between she and her husband and she and her daughter as they try to find a new norm without their son/brother. And the moments of peace and hope they find through friends, acquaintences and strangers throughout this journey.
Looking forward to a new book next that was recommended by a friend. It's called Last Call by Michelle Mitchell (??)
Keep hearing good things about Big Little Lies, so I think that will be following Last Call. Love Liane Moriarty!