Ruby Ramblings

July Reads
August 5, 2010, 5:29 am
Filed under: Books

Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Fantastic follow-up to Oryx and Crake. A book about two friends, one who devises a way to destroy the world, and the one who doesn’t believe he’ll really do it. This is the aftermath, and actually runs concurrently with the events in O&C.

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Heaven’s Keep by William Krueger
Probably the weakest of the month. A simple mystery about a plane that goes missing in Heaven’s Keep mountain pass. It’s a good little mystery, but nothing groundbreaking.

Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
A brilliant and really sad child’s tale about kittens that loose their mother, and each other, and are trying to find their way back to whatever it is they could possibly call home.

The Secret Speech by Tom Robb Smith
Sequel to Child 44. Good, but not outstanding. More violence, less plot than the first.

Nanjing 1937 by Ye Zhaoyan

Life of PI by Yann Martel
This is the second time I’ve read this amazing little tale. It was this months choice for the literature class I’m teaching to a brilliant bunch of middle school girls. I got so much more out of it this time than the first time, and we had a great time hashing it up and finding symbolism in class.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

The Skull Mantra by Elliot Pattison

This is a fantastic cultural thriller set in Tibet.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Pursuit by Luiz Garcia-Rosa

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I loved Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl! The Underneath sounds intriguing…

Comment by Janet

Great list! I haven’t read any of those books, although I’ve been planning to read Life of Pi!

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