Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

June 2013 - Books 18 to 20

Once again my library has developed a set of summer reading recommendations, including 68 books for adults. Of course I'm not going to read all 68 -- and some admittedly hold no appeal to me -- but I'll try to make a dent in the number or at least incorporate some of them into my permanent TBR list.

18. Wife 22
by Melanie Gideon - one of the summer books - somewhat standard chick-lit with a clever twist - Alice B is a restless 40-something working mother who feels she and her husband are growing apart - on a whim she responds to a request for participants in an online study of modern marriage, and the proverbial plot thickens - casual and contemporary story with funny and empathetic characters, particularly the husband who is, refreshingly, not portrayed as an unrelenting jerk - mixture of standard narrative combined with transcripts of emails and social networking postings that also advance the story

19. Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts - another summer book - despite the unwieldy title this was an interesting if occasionally frustrating book - Everett Ruess was a young man who disappeared while exploring the US Southwest in the 1930s and has achieved a kind of folk-hero status - the first part of the book describes his early life and previous journeys up to his mysterious disappearance, and the rest of the book relates the searches and investigations undertaken in the intervening years by various groups and individuals, including the author himself - he does a good job recreating the grandeur of the landscape and piecing together the segments of the story from factual to more speculative - the frustrations are minor but noteworthy: particularly the author's didactic reinforcement of earlier points and the mercurial nature of Ruess himself, as well as the heartbreak visited upon his family both by the disappearance and their gullibility to unscrupulous "experts" who offered to "help"

20. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - not one of the summer books! - I'd been working on it off and on for several months, and I'm glad I did stick with it - not easily put in a category so I left it at fiction - someone inadvertently spoiled the ending for me so I won't say anything about the plot other than it's a remarkable story of a boy and a tiger in a boat - the writing is lovely, almost poetic, and the Kindle version I read included some vibrant and beautiful illustrations

I'm still a little behind the pace for my reading goal but not stressing about it.
Tags: biography, chicklit, fiction

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