Ruby Ramblings

May Reads
June 4, 2010, 6:17 pm
Filed under: Books

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Kindle Version

A Bookleaves bookclub selection. We tore it to pieces. Although I think everyone enjoyed the quick nature, and it was a good suspense, crime mystery, we really couldn’t see what the hoopla was. Also, at least to this quick witted group of feisty ladies, it seemed like the author was on a self-aggrandizing male-fantasy.


Rock, Paper, Scissors
Kindle Version

Anyone who has taught in Korea will understand why I found this title irresistible. Rock, Paper, Scissors is the ubiquitous problem solver for any conflict between students.

A House in Fez
Kindle Version

This was a delightful journey through remodeling a house in an unlikely location. Tuesday Teaser Post

Sea of Poppies
Kindle Version

This was a yet another fantastic historical fiction by Ghosh. Outlandish play with language, people bucking the chains of society way ahead of their time, and the chains people purposefully put on to get out of their current situation.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Kindle Version

Ella Minnow Pea
Kindle Version

I loved this book. I read it in one sitting at my favorite tea shop in Bupyeong, which I hadn’t gone to in ages. Chinese Pour tea, nice scenery, and a novel that couldn’t be more about the elusive nature of communication.

My Life in France
Kindle Version

Another Bookleaves choice. Another surprising winner.

The Battle of the Labryrinth
Kindle Version

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
I’m teaching a fantastic reading class for our advanced students. This was book #1, and I was estatic to revisit the book version of a cartoon I loved as a kid.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Democracy Matters

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You had a terrific reading month!
I’m trying to figure out a book I could read with the uni students over the next semester.

Comment by bybee

I really didn’t understand why everyone things the whole “Girl” series is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I wasn’t impressed with Dragon Tattoo – and the few times I was, he went off on another tangent and left me wondering why. I obviously missed something. Oh well.

Comment by Bumbles

The reading class this term is about anthropomorphism. After Rats of NIMH we’re reading Empire of Ants, Life of Pi, and Watership Down.

Comment by therubycanary

Yeah, that’s what pretty much everyone felt about it. That the primary plot line was compelling, but he kept going off on tangents that made the book way longer then it needed to be.

Comment by therubycanary

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