The past couple weeks have been filled with traveling, commuting and celebrating the 4th of July at Lake Carroll, which means that I have been reading books like it’s my job…
First up was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It was amazing. I have yet to see the movie, but the book was dark, had some unexpected twists and was filled with details about the circus business. The only thing I would have liked to see was a more in-depth relationship with Rosie, the elephant and the main character, Jacob. But overall, was definitely worthwhile. Now I just need to see the movie, and hope it is as good as the book. Fingers crossed!
Next up was Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, another great book. This was a duel story about a ten-year-old Jewish girl during the Holocaust and the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup in 1942. On the other end of the scale, in 2002, a journalist begins writing a column on the sixtieth anniversary of the roundup and finds herself personally connected to an event she knew little about. This story was touching, interesting, eye-opening and thoroughly enjoyable. I would highly suggest it.
Last, but most definitely not least, was Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s family, friends and other victims. After the first two downers (although they were great), I needed some laughs. And boy, did I find them. I think Chelsea Handler is certifiably nuts and lives a life that I would absolutely love to have. She is crazy, crazy, crazy and also, apparently a compulsive liar. The shenanigans this girl gets away with is insane. Overall, a bundle of laughs and definitely a good first book to read on my Kindle.
Now, I need to find something else to read… suggestions?