Reading books, real books, is a wonderful way to explore your world and connect with other people. Booking It is an online book club to help you do that. Check out each book review below to find the best books for you.
For Booking It in 2013, I’ve invited my friends Carrie and Anne to co-host with me. I think it will be fun to get different perspectives on books as well as present some reading choices from others besides myself. We’re going to try to keep it interactive and hope that you will chime in with your thoughts in the comments section.
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What Anne read
by Katherine Center
I picked up my first Katherine Center book on Brené Brown’s recommendation. I enjoyed that one (Get Lucky), so when I saw she had a new release, I snagged the ebook to take along with me to the beach.
It was a good call. The Lost Husband reads like bubble gum chick lit, but–like the previous Katherine Center novel I read–surprised me with its depth. If you can imagine Brené Brown’s concepts of vulnerability and wholeheartedness, fictionalized, The Lost Husband is what you’ll get. That’s a good thing.
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Books for Improving Your Skills
This little guidebook from Daniel Coyle is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2013, and that’s saying a lot. It’s a short, browsable, easy-to-read guidebook about how to get better at anything.
The topic may sound boring, but it’s anything but–and the concepts in it may just change your life. Read it for your own sake, but moms will definitely find interesting concepts to apply to their parenting.
What Jessica Read
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford just wrecked me. I borrowed it free from the library’s digital catalog, started it while on the treadmill, and then accomplished nothing else for the rest of the day. I kept reading until I found myself sobbing in the stairwell that afternoon. (What can I say, our stairwell was quiet!)
Once I could finally put the book down, I was haunted by its story, a tale of two children who meet in WWII Seattle and are separated due to the country’s internment policy of Japanese citizens. I’ll spoil it if I tell you any more. But, it’s my favorite read of the summer.
No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Carrie loves this series of mysteries set in Botswana; she told me about them years ago. I tried and abandoned the first one before I got one chapter in. At her insistence — and being stuck on the treadmill for an hour — I gave them the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency another try. And voila.
I love these books. I finished the second volume last week at the gym and was disappointed to see that I couldn’t get the third right away. I guess I’m hooked. The characters have me laughing out loud. Love it!
What Carrie read
by Ken Jennings
I would never have picked a copy of Maphead if I hadn’t been sucked in by the review that a member of the Bookworm Network wrote for What’s On My Nightstand. So all credit to her for recommending it in such a way that I immediately included it on my “to read” list! If the name “Ken Jennings” sounds familiar to you, he’s the guy who was on Jeopardy for a few months back in 2004 (the one with the crazy long winning streak). In Maphead, Jennings covers everything from the National Geography Bee to geocaching, even touching on imaginary worlds and family road trips, all with a twist of dry humor.
I had never thought of myself as a “maphead” until I read Ken’s book, but I did know that maps have always fascinated me. I was the kid with National Geographic maps taped all over my bedroom walls, and when my husband brought home a box of aeronautical charts that were being thrown out, I squealed with delight. During our globe-trotting days, one “must buy” item at every spot was a map of the city or country where we were currently living. If you’ve ever been drawn in by a classroom globe or a Rand McNally road atlas, then it’s possible that, like me, you are an undercover maphead and this is a book you would enjoy.
You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online
by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman
It’s no secret that I am a fan of Patricia O’Conner. Combine a great sense of humor with a grammatical penchant and I’m going to be your number one fan. I thoroughly enjoyed Woe is I and Words Fail Me, and O’Conner did not let me down when I picked up You Send Me. Her points about clearly articulating the primary point of an email in the subject line have already made my work life easier and I’ve noticed a decided change in the time it takes to receive a reply. That being said, this book was written in 2002 and published in 2003, which means that it is already woefully out of date.
In 2002 there was no Facebook and no Twitter. Forms of online communication were limited to email, chatrooms, and websites, and Ask Jeeves was a popular search engine. However, regardless of the channels that one is using (2002-era chatrooms or 2013 Facebook posts), the rules and recommendations that are made in You Send Me still apply. Nothing irritates me quite so much as status updates, tweets, and emails that are lacking capitalization or some form of punctuation. Granted, I’m the odd duck who spells out all the words in my text messages and uses colons and parentheses for more than creating smileys, but if you find yourself in the same boat, you may very well enjoy this book.
What did YOU read this month?
– Carrie adores culture, coffee, books, British mystery shows, and her husband of 13 years. She’s spent time in Africa, southeast Asia, and Alaska, and now works from home as a social media book launch project manager. In her spare time, you can find her blogging at Carrie’s Busy Nothings and What’s On My Nightstand.
– Jessica is a married mom of six kids, aged 4 to 15. Most can read independently which means the homeschool experiment is working – at least on the literacy front. She has been a lover of books for 39 years and counting. We won’t count the first year of life. She runs this here show called Life as MOM.
Tell us what YOU’VE been reading.
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