Recent Reads

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story by Abraham Verghese (1995).  Highly Recommended.  This is the May reading seleciton for my book club at work.  Dr. Verghese describes his experiences during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic at his practice location in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Verghese writes with compassion while creating vivid descriptions of time, place, and the people around him.

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder (2002).  Highly Recommended.  Selections from 15 diaries written by diarists between the ages of 12 and 22, with well-researched background information provided by Zapruder.  The ones that hit me the hardest were from "anonymous boy" and "anonymous girl," as we don't know anything else about them besides what's written in the journals they left behind.  Hard to read, important to read, and impossible to forget.

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance by Penny Reid (2013).  Highly Recommended.  First installment in the Knitting in the City series, though this is a complete book that can be read as a standalone.  Janie Morris, the Neanderthal portion of the equation, is brilliant, socially-awkward, and without a boyfriend, job, and place to live all on the same day.  Quinn Sullivan, the Human portion of the equation, is handsome, dangerous, and Janie's crush.  The crush runs both directions, and Quinn is in a position to help Janie.  Engaging conversation, quirky and fun heroine, and very little in the way of sex.

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (2011).  Recommended for fans of TWD.  Even though the graphic novels and the t.v. series run in different directions on most topics, I still appreciated reading about the background of the Governor.  Kirkman being Kirkman, there was a twist at the end that caused me to sigh before starting the book over again to process the story with the twist in mind.  This twist does not appear to be operating in the t.v. series.

NERDS: M is for Mama's Boy by Michael Buckley (2011).  Recommended by Maya for tweens.  Second book in the NERDS series.  A group of ultra-smart fifth-graders work for the government, which has provided them with enhanced powers through nanobyte technology and cool supergadgets.  Can the group vanquish the supervillain who wants to take over the world when their powers are temporarily unavailable to them?


Amy said…
I so appreciate your regular book updates, and am sorry to be more of a lurker than a comments poster.:-)It looks like some more good ones here to check out!

I do have something for you over my way, if you choose to accept.:-)
Penny Reid said…
Thank you for the book shout-out (Neanderthal Seeks Human), I am so pleased that you enjoyed it!

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