Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Club

Since my last book club post, I've read a couple of new books.  I'll only go into detail about two of them though since I'd recommend them the most.

Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
I'm sure every girl in Utah has already read this, but I wanted to post about it.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Synopsis: Real-life Utahn, Stephanie Nielson, chronicles her ordeal of being severely burned in a plane crash and how it has affected her and her young family.

I think Stephanie Nielson is incredibly brave and amazing and such a good person, and reading her story was pretty uplifting and gave me so many things to be thankful for and have perspective on, but I only gave it a 7.5 because there was something that wasn't quite satisfying to me about the book.  It took me a week after finishing it to realize what had been missing for me...a sense of humor.  I don't know if, in real life, Stephanie is more of a serious person, but I think in hard situations a sense of humor can go a long way and when the book lacked any evidence of one it kind of dragged for me and seemed a little more doom-and -gloom than it should have come off.  I know it was a very serious situation, and like I said I think she is incredible so I'm not trying to to take anything away from her struggle, I just would have liked if she could have laughed a little more.  Maybe that sounds dumb, but it's my opinion.  Enter cliche phrase: Laughter is the best medicine.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: A young sheepherder leaves his comfortable life in search of treasure and finds things along the way that are much more valuable.

This book was a quick, easy read that was chock-full of nuggets of wisdom and underline-able quotes.  It reminded me that it's not about the destination, but the journey and basically to look around and take notice instead of watching my feet while I walk.  Metaphorically of course.  I'm going to read this one out loud to Jack because I think he'd like it and it could start some good conversations.

A Discovery of Witches
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
I'm not going to go into details, but if you're into the whole witch/vampire genre this one is decent

Shadow of Night

Sequel to A History of Witches (the third in the trilogy comes out later this year)

Next book in the club: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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