Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What I Read Wednesday

Everything, Everything
Maddie has a life threatening disease, where she's essentially allergic to everything. The air. People. The grass. As a result, she spends her days alone with just her mom and her nurse, Carla, no visitors other than her tutor. All of that changes the day Olly moves in and he and Maddie spy one another through a window. As the two become connected, Maddie's life changes in ways she never imagined. This was a sweet, sometimes sad book, but I loved it.

In the Language of Miracles: A Novel
This story was heartbreaking but also uplifting. Samir and Nagla have it all. Assimilation into American culture in a post-9/11 world, a beautiful house, three promising children. Until one day, their eldest son Hosaam kills his girlfriend Natalie and then kills himself. This story is told a year later, as Khaled, the younger brother, struggles to live in the shadow of his brother's crime. What I loved about this book was that it didn't focus on Hosaam or why he did it, as much as it did the family and town living in the aftermath.

What are you reading?


InTheFastLane said...

Currently Reading Black Chalk... which is interesting but often too much talking and not enough action and I am tired. It is taking me waaay too long to read, but that might happen with any book right now.

Lyndsay W said...

I read Hausfrau. Hausfrau. Hmmm.... what to say about Hausfrau?.... I found it very well written.... I did not like the main character, which usually results in me not enjoying a book. But this was like a car crash that I couldn't tear my eyes off of. And then I couldn't stop thinking about it when I was done.

Then I read Remember Mia. Another one that had me hooked. And another opposite-of-feel-good book. But good. It should be a movie.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I swear I just heard about Everything, Everything. Is that one going to be a movie? For some reason, it's ringing a bell there for me.

On a side note, have you heard anything about Halloweekends? With Bryan now gone, I am wondering how the blogger events are going to go down now.

Barb Ruess said...

I just picked up In the Language of Miracles at the library!

This week I read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. A non-fiction book where the author rambles on a bit about running, running marathons, triathlons, a little about writing.. it was a quick read and I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement many times. I enjoyed it.

And I devoured Remember Mia. Definite page-turner of a book. It's so fun to get your hands on a book that you don't want to put down! I'm so glad Lyndsay posted a photo of this book in her stack so I knew to look for it :)

Unknown said...

I read The Lives We Bury, which was just ok. After that, I got on a roll of really great books....Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, Why Not Me by Mindy Kahlng and now The Hand that Feeds You by AJ Rich.