Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What I Read Wednesday

I feel like I've been striking out a lot with books lately, but I did read two that I thoroughly enjoyed this week.

Days of Awe: A novel
In one year, Isabel goes from a happily married mom with a best friend who shares her days to a soon-to-be divorced, hated by her daughter mom whose best friend is dead. Isabel struggles in this time to figure out who she is and who she wants to be and what follows is a journey between the past Isabel and the new Isabel. I was caught up with Isabel's story because I could relate to it in many ways, though my own life is fortunately not as filled with drama.

Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel
This book was such a strong, enjoyable read. Lizet is a first-generation college student struggling to fit in as a minority at a prestigious New York university. Lizet's first semester is fraught with stress, struggles with grades and struggles to bridge the gaps left between her new education and her obviously lacking high school education. In the midst of this, her family in Miami becomes entangled with the life of Ariel Hernandez, a Cuban refugee whose mother died on the raft to America and who is now the middle of a media circus and legal battle (this portion obviously based on Elian Gonzalez). Isabel struggles to find her footing in a new world, while still being there for her family back home. Isabel was absolutely the type of character you root for, in the midst of not being perfect.

What are you reading?


Theresa Mahoney said...

I just finished up the Girl of Fire and Thorn series. I liked them very much. I have a few books on hold in my digital library, but it takes FOREVER for those to become available. Makes me so mad they only let me hold 6 at a time!

Barb Ruess said...

I was all prepared to come on here and rant and rave about having no time to read but instead I finished a book while waiting for a meeting to start. What book?

All My Puny Sorrows: In some ways a very hard read (it's about a woman whose sister wants nothing more than to commit suicide, I can't imagine how hard it would be to love someone who so badly wants to end her life... the feelings of helplessness... ) in other ways it was easy to read because I thought the characters were quirky in the right ways. So worth reading even though it wasn't the most uplifting of stories.

One crazed mommy said...

I was on vacation last week, so I posted on your last post on Monday (in case you didn't read it). I listed several I completed recently.

Unknown said...

I read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, which was good, but it didn't wow me. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it. I thought it was well written.

Lyndsay W said...

Barb! All My Puny Sorrows! Winnipeg!