I can hardly believe that 2019 is almost at an end. This year has flown by for me. I did manage to complete my personal goal to read thirty-five books during 2019.
What will I do with the remaining 2 1/2 months?? I’ve got it!!! I’ll read!!! There are so many awesome books to read that I already own either sitting on a bookshelf or loaded on my Kindle app for iPad. Therefore, I have set another goal for myself to read six more books before the end of 2019. Below is my list:
SMALL FRY – BY LISA BRENNAN-JOBS
Small Fry is written by Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ the daughter of Steve Jobs. It is a poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents’ fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the ’70s and ’80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice.
THE IMMORTALISTS – BY CHLOE BENJAMIN
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. Beyond the Point – By Claire Gibson
DAISY JONES AND THE SIX – BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW BY AMOR TOWLES
I wanted to post an update to this book that I am currently reading with great gusto. This book is absolutely stunning. I love it. I think I have discovered a new favorite author in Amor Towles. He has made me fall in love with Count Alexander Rostov. I resent every minute that I have to attend to my life instead of curling up with this book. I am almost 3/4 of the way done and I know this book will be one I will be sad to see end.
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
READY PLAYER ONE, #1 BY ERNEST CLINE **************** See Note
I gave up on this book when I was about 25% finished. It held absolutely NO interest for me and I didn’t want to waste anymore time on it. Instead, I read “Nothing To See Here” by Kevin Wilson click for the full review. It was very good.
IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BY COLSON WHITEHEAD
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.