chocoluvr (chocoluvr) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

January Reads

1.  1.  Quest for Love:  True Stories of Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

2.  2.  Singled Out:  How Singles are Sterotyped, Stigmatized and Ignored and Still Live Happily Ever After by Beverly DePaulo This book goes into the common sterotypes that singles face and dispels them.  Though when it comes to getting government benefits including tax breaks single parents do get more benefits than do married couples.  There is a double standard with married moms and single moms when it comes to how their choices can be seen.  If a married woman whose husband is unemployed or underemployed decides to not work she is seen as standing up for her family however if a single woman decides not to work than she is seen as being lazy even if both of their families can not afford for mom to stay at home.  Though today there are businesses that do have employed spouses rule where if an employee's spouse is employed and qualify for benefits with their employer than they would have to get insurance trough their own employer and not through their spouses.  Now you may see a husband and children have health insurance while the wife does not have health insurance because the insurance at the wife's company is unaffordable for the wife.  Though there have been strides in equality for singles there is still a ways to go.

3.   3.  The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake  In the not so far into the future cats are only allowed to be owned by the very rich who purchase them through a company.  When a stray cat wanders into Jade's yard she decides that she wants to keep it no matter what the consequences are.  The enforcement officers raid Jade's house trying to get to Feela, the stray cat that Jade has taken into her house.  After Jade's mother's death she has to rely on Kris, the school troublemaker when they both go on the run trying to get Feela to safety.  Jade and Kris become closer to each other.  The beginning of the book is interesting with a futuristic society that has banned a popular household pet in order for a company to make a buck.  The middle part is interesting with Jade and Kris trying to get away from the reach of enforcement officers.  The end of the book is different than most science fiction stories and the story is not completely resolved though you do find out what does happen to the main characters in the book including Feela the cat.

4.  4.  Uglies by Scott Westerfield

5. 5.  The Edge of Ruin by Irene Fleming

6. 6.  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges    This book looks at the reality of war and how it has been treated through the ages.  It details the reasons that war does occur and at the tragic aftermath of war.  He details into the reasoning and myths behind war itself.  He also talks about drug abuse among veterans and how hard it is for them to integrate back into civilian life.  This book is a must read in order to understand how war is perceived and about the reality of war.

7.  7.  Endless Chain by Emilie Richards

8. 8.  The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

9. 9.  I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson

1010.  Pretties by Scott Westerfield

1111.  Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalup

12.  The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer This is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series that I have read.  Artemis has taken over his father's illegal activities in his father's absence to increase his family's wealth.  In his journal entries we learn that his father has become a changed man due to the recovery from his injury that he had received and realizes that family is more important than getting richer.  Unfortunately young Artemis has not learned this lesson and does increase his family's fortune.  He has made a cube from fairy technology that another wealthy man wants in order to increase his own riches.  When he successfully takes the cube, one of the fairies that he had worked with previously returns in order to help him to retrieve the cube back.  This book also has a dwarf who uses his own gas as a defense mechanism which would be appealing to the readers in this age category.  The main drawback is that the main character is a thirteen year old criminal mastermind who thinks that increasing his family's wealth is the most important thing even though he learns to appreciate those around him

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