I didn’t get a lot of reading done this month… Again. Seems like a pattern, doesn’t it?
Nothing to Lose by Lee Child was another Reacher book. I have to admit I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others I have read. The story seemed a little weak. It is the first time I have been disappointed by a book of Child’s.
Come On, People by Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. was a book on the shelf in my classroom at work, so I pulled it down to look at one day when classes were cancelled. I read at it slowly but finally finished it. It was interesting. I don’t feel competent to really comment on the message, as a white woman, but as someone working in corrections, it seemed to make a lot of sense.
Emma by Jane Austen was another read inspired by the movie The Jane Austen Book Club. I had never read it before. It was actually a lot of fun. The characters were all quite engaging people, and the story was fun. I am planning to read more of Austen’s novels because, so far at least, they have been great.
Oil! by Upton Sinclair was without a doubt the best book I read last month. It took a long time to read, but it was worth it. I kept having to remind myself that Sinclair wrote it back in 1927 because it addressed so many current issues — including greed, unions, and college athletics. I have not seen the movie There Will Be Blood, which is loosely based on the book, and I probably never will because I loved the book so much. I am definitely interested in reading more by Sinclair. I read The Jungle in high school, but that it the only thing of his I had read prior to Oil!, so I have quite a few other books to choose from.
I am up to 12 “current” fiction books, 7 non-fiction and 6 classics. I have a ways to go to balance those three lists. Let’s see how I do in July.
And only 25 books in half a year? I am ashamed!