Prompt: ‘Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. Pick a word and write. For an extra twist, write the post in the form of a letter.’
I used the book China Dolls by Lisa See. (I just finished, so a review may soon follow.) The word I picked was ‘street’.
Thank-you for the mostly pleasurable bike ride this morning. I can tell you need to freshen up a bit, since the holes weren’t fun. I know it’s not your fault. You take the stress and demands from cars, construction sites, and even teens skateboarding every day. I also know that it’s the city who needs to shape up and help keep you looking beautiful. When my bike coasted on your smooth pavement it was such a delight! I’ll try to remember that feeling the next time a street is bumpy. I never know what the next street may look like.
Keep Strong & Beautiful!
Personally, 2011 has been a wonderful book year! I always enjoy keeping track of what I’ve read, rating books, and sharing recommendations. Similar to Word Press’ daily post, goodreads encouraged readers to set a reading goal for 2011. Mine wasn’t as daring as other readers, but I completed and read beyond my goal. I’m now going to share my favorite books from 2011. These aren’t full book reviews, instead just mini highlights.
True this book was huge, but it’s been on my ‘to-read’ list for a very long time. I’ve always enjoyed the movie and since the book is normally better, I decided to conquer the book. Well, I can’t watch the movie anymore since it doesn’t give the book justice. There’s a little of everything: romance, revenge, suspense, murder, and more. The book took me about a month to read, but it was highly worth it. I also listened to the book, which added to the excitement.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I would describe The Shadow of the Wind as a book lovers book. Many scenes are within an old bookstore where all the books have a soul. The book is full of suspense and mystery. I don’t want to share too much, but this is a book that I couldn’t put down and I was sad when it was finished.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Perhaps I was attracted to the book, since the black Labrador on the cover is similar to my own dog. The entire book is from the dog’s perspective how he tries to please his owners with a purpose. The book had me laughing aloud and crying. I enjoyed A Dog’s Purpose so much that I’ve already read it again. If you’re hesitant to read this book, since all dogs in dog books seem to die I’d reconsider this book. It has an interesting twist.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This book is a coming of age story about a girl living in Brooklyn, New York. She experiences struggles and takes comfort in reading. She’s very curious about her world and wants to gain information.
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
This book takes place the turn of the twentieth century in New York City. It is the true story of a woman’s relationship with Louis Comfort Tiffany and stained glass.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
I first read this book, because my library had a community reads together. It is the true story about a young boy living in Malawi, who deals with poverty, famine, and daily struggles to survive. He’s forced to leave school, since his family can’t afford the tuition. He continues to read and learn from the library. He desires to help his family and community and creates a windmill to produce electricity. The story is very inspirational and makes you want to keep trying to reach your goals.
New Authors: A new and enjoyable author that I read this year is Lisa See. I read Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Her books focus upon family relationships, historical fiction, and Chinese influences.
In 2011, I purchased a kindle and I never thought I would read from an electric device. I read about twenty books on my kindle, but I still enjoy ‘real’ books.
I also started this blog in the middle of 2011, which encouraged me to read more diverse books and write reviews. It gives me great pleasure to recommend books for others to enjoy. I’m always looking for new books, so please feel free to share your own recommendations. Hopefully, 2012 brings more wonderful books to enjoy!
by Lisa See
Historical Fiction, 354 pages
Dreams of Joy continues the story from Shanghai Girls, which I highly suggest reading first. At the end of Shanghai Girls, nineteen year old Joy learns about family secrets. Pearl, the woman she thought was her mother, was actually her aunt. Her real father, Z.G. Li who both sisters loved, still lives in Shanghai. After discovering these secrets, Joy flees to Shanghai, China, to search for her birth father and begin a life in the New Society of Red China with communism in the late 1950s.
Pearl is devastated that Joy left Los Angeles, California, and immediately plans to rescue her. Dreams of Joy switches perspectives between Pearl and Joy. Pearl confronts her past and faces challenges as she follows Joy when their paths finally do cross. China’s tragic events during this time period unfold in Dreams of Joy between the countryside to city, famine, death, and the joys in life. The book is often serious with the harsh tragedies, but family relationships and love are always present.