Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's Monday -- What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. It's is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

I FINISHED 2 VERY good books last week:

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson (4 1/2 out of 5 stars)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (5 out of 5 stars)

Please, read The Cellist -- it will take you one afternoon at the most -- I'm still reliving the story and characters. I just can't shake them.

Did Not Finish:
The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi

From the Library (and currently reading):
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman by Lisa Shannon
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Summary (from Goodreads):
Lisa Shannon had a good life — a successful business, a fiancé, a home, and security. Then one day in 2005, an episode of Oprah changed her life. The show focused on women in Congo, a place known as the worse place on earth to be a woman. She was suddenly awakened to the atrocities there — millions dead, women being raped, children dying in shocking numbers. It was then that Lisa realized she had to do something — and she did. A Thousand Sisters is Lisa Shannon’s inspiring memoir. She shares her story of how she raised money to sponsor Congolese women beginning with one solo 30-mile run and then founded a national organization, Run for Congo Women. The book chronicles her journeys to the Congo, meeting the sponsored women and hearing their stories. Along the way Lisa is forced to confront herself and learns lessons of survival, fear, gratitude, and love from the women of Africa. A Thousand Sisters is a deeply moving call to action for each person to find in them the thing that brings meaning to a wounded world.

The horrors inflicted upon women never cease to unnerve me, but I don't seem to do anything about it. Lisa Shannon does. Also, if you haven't read Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza, I highly recommend it.

From the bookstore discount table:

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
Before Green Gables
Summary (from Goodreads):
Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's life before her arrival at Green Gables-a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

Summary (from Goodreads):
In 1957, at the age of 16, Melba Pattillo became a civil rights warrior. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Here, in a special abridged young reader's edition, is Melba Pattillo Beals's remarkable story.

It's embarrassing to think that as an adopted Arkansan, I haven't yet read this book. Now I hope to change my ways.

So, due to my never ending influx of library books and book buys, I can't seem to make a dent in my TBR list, but I did read two books from my previous post, so that is progress!!

In no particular order, here is the latest (and very familiar) TBR list:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman
A Long Long Time Ago But Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
One Day by David Nicholls
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

What are you reading this week?