I am not going to bring up Michael Jackson today. Okay? Although I actually like his music, I can’t overlook his character to enjoy it. And the interwebs have enough Michael Jackson anyway. I don’t need to add to it.
So, instead I am going to babble on about my life. The house is quiet. Our youngest left for a three-week trip to Israel this morning, and our oldest is working on a research project at college until September.
Summer has been late to arrive here in San Diego. Although the sky is blue, it’s not quite bathing suit weather. But I’ve switched to summer reading mode anyway. Although I usually read non-fiction, I’ve got a great summer reading fiction recommendation: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I am listening to it on audio from Audible, but it is also available in hardback, paperback and Kindle version from Amazon.
The author captures the authentic voices of three women in Mississippi at the crossroads of the civil rights movement in 1962. Miss Skeeter is a 22-year old white woman, who just graduated from Ole Miss, but didn’t get her “MRS.” Abiliene and Minny are two black maids working for women in Miss Skeeter’s social circle: raising their children, cooking their meals, cleaning their houses The audio version is read by three different actors, and unfolds like a radio drama. I’m sure the written version is just as captivating.
What are you reading this summer? Let me know by posting a comment below.
At the moment I’m reading Stieg Larsson trilogy “millenium”very interesting.
Thank you for your mails, they are very helpful.
Actually i am trying to write my own book. It is coming along very well. If only I didn’t take so many breaks inbetween writing it.
Phyllis Morreale says
I have just finished reading “THE SHACK” by William P. Young. It was FANTASTIC!!! The relationships that are explored in the text are truly captivating and I think I just may read it again just to get some of the tidbits that I may have missed the first time. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting and emotional book…inspiring!
thanks Barbara for your daily help to me your reading are excellent for my students here in Ecuador
Just finished two amazing books. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak and THE GUERNSEY LITERATURE AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. Both are books about WWII, during and the aftermath. Read THIEF first because you will need the comic relief of GURENSEY!In my top ten, both of them. By the way, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, is my number book of all time.
I’m reading alot of the “Miss Julia” fiction series. (They’re a bit of hoot.)
Also, reading “The Screwtape Letters”.
nazli ozkan says
hey barbara thank fot the mails i am reading twilight thats a real goood book
I read The Shack, which captivated my interest greatly and I’d tell anyone to read it. I also listened to Someone To Love by Jude Devaruex (not sure if I spelled that last name right, it’s a good mystery and I’m currently listening to Armeggeon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville, it’s a young adult book about a 15 yr.old girl.
I’m reading a trilogy by Sandra Gulland about Josephine Bonaparte. It’s a great historical fiction.
Sammi Thielen says
I just finished reading The Help and thought it was excellent. Very interesting look into that era in Mississippi. It was one of those books where you can feel each character and don’t want to put it down.
Marcy Levin-Epstein says
Just read The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery) — a wonderful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book. The Help is on my list, but first I’m reading Tweak (Nic Sheff), a heartbreaking companion to the heartbreaking memoir his father (David Sheff) wrote, Beautiful Boy.
Kathy Luck says
Just read The Help a couple weeks ago and loved it! My seventeen year old daughter is reading it now. Since then I’ve read Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne which has the potential to be life-changing, and am enjoying Julia Child’s My Life in France.
Kristen Honeycutt says
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
i am reading a book called ‘henry sugar and 7 other stories’by rohald dhal they say it is very interesting .
Phyllis Wilson says
I have The Help on my To Do list –but reading Olive Kitteridge and The Elegance of the Hedgehog as well as The Abstinence Teacher.
Kipp Dawson says
Ellen Feldman: Scottsboro (a novel) Excellent, relevant historical fiction
Brandy Garcia says
My reading list this summer includes A Brave New World and Catcher in the Rye. Trying to catch upp on the classics I missed in High School.