Everything Else Reading

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet

I’m going to try this year to do at least a quick write up/review of each of the books I read this year.  There are years I look back & don’t remember anything other than “yeah I read that”.  I hope this will help.

January’s book club choice was Jamie Ford’s Hotel of the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Long title. Great book. I was on the library wait list since it was decided we’d read it in December. I was still 32nd on the list on 12/20 so I jumped on Amazon & realized with our prime account I could have it within a couple days for $5. I got it the next night!!

I started it last weekend, but read most of it Monday night. Once I got really into it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a father-son story; a love story; a WWII story. It goes back & forth from 1986 & the 1940s all in Seattle. The main character is Chinese but has befriended a young Japanese girl, Keiko. The book taught me more than any middle school history book on the Japanese interment camps & the life in the camps.  I was fascinated by the Seattle jazz featured & the friendship between Henry & Sheldon.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I definitely recommend it.  I’m posting it on my paperbackswap account now, so if you’re interested find “ldybugsuzi”.

PS, I searching for a photo of the book online {thanks}{being lazy & didn’t feel like taking then uploading one}, I stumbled upon the author, Jamie Ford’s website.  It’s really good if you want to get to know him a little better.

Everything Else Reading

2010 Books

My goal for 2010 was 50 books.  I didn’t make that.  But I am proud that I read 40+ and that I really enjoyed most of them.  There were a few books this year that I started but didn’t finish.  I did not include those on this list.

You Don’t Look like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Promises to Keep by Jane Green
The Shack by William Paul Young
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Dewey by Vicki Myron
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
When a Man Loves a Weapon by Toni McGee Causey
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Such A Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon