Archive for May 7th, 2005

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Yes, this is technically a ‘science fiction’ novel. My husband had recommended it for some time, and all I kept thinking was I didn’t feel like reading a story where I had to suffer through learning an entire new vocabulary, politics, creatures, etc like I did when I attempted to read The Hobbit. I finally gave in, and I am so glad I did! Even if you do not consider yourself a ‘science fiction person’, this story transcends being pigeon holed into a specific genera. Ender, the title character, is so relatable, and so intelligent, you find yourself thoroughly engrossed almost immediately. This is actually the first book in a 6 or 7 book series. I have read all but the last one (Shadow of the Giant). They are all good, but the best two are Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow. If you are looking for something a little different, and very intelligent, I highly recommend Ender’s Game.

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

I read this one a while back, when it was still in hard cover, and it is still one of my top recommendations. This is a beautiful novel, that is sweet, and strong and powerful. I have given a copy to most of my friends, my mother, my mother-in-law, and every response has been “I didn’t want it to end”! I have a lot of respect for the author. She is also the author of The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. I would recommend reading both of these books, especially to women who find the current state of our religion, our society and politics to be very patriarchal in nature. Somehow, we lost the devine feminine; she became buried and manipulated, and was labeled either the virgin or the whore. Yes, I have read The Di Vinci Code (who the heck hasn’t!!) and this theme resonates in that novel as well. I have studied this topic at some length, and if this commentary has at all peeked your interest, The Secret Life of Bees is a good place to start.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

I don’t think there is a book club around the Bay Area that hasn’t had The Kite Runner on its list. With so many recommendations, I felt I couldn’t help but read it myself. Within the first 100 pages, I was inwardly cringing, hoping that some light would come to into this suddenly dark tale. Even so, I was riveted, and finished the book in 3 days! Without giving too much away, I will say that the ending was wrapped a little too neatly. But even with this slight flaw, it is well worth the read. The Kite Runner is one of those novels that you find yourself thinking about even when you have put its pages down. I would put this on my must read list, with the small caveat that its subject is a dark one.

Jaimie’s Book BLOG

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Never having created a BLOG before (and now being laid up on the couch after foot surgery) I thought it the perfect time to start a list of the books I am reading: the must reads, the must avoids, and the many “tweeners”. Being an insatiable reader who is always interested in the recommendations of others, I thought perhaps there might be other folks out there looking for some suggestions as well. Yes, a book club would be a good option, but then we are obligated to read something we might not be interested in. This way, no strings attached, no obligations, just opinions:-)

With that, here goes….