The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
My daughter had to read this for English (the same teacher that picked Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother), and while I personally find her book choices odd and not very literary, I could not put this one down. It is non-fiction about the Ebola Virus and how in the mid 1990's, the military and scientists mobilized to contain a monkey outbreak in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. It is a surprisingly fast read for non-fiction, but it made me seriously question my life long dream of going on an African Safari. The idea of seeing lions and giraffes in the wild is now tempered by the idea of catching a virus that will make me bleed from every orifice of my body. 4 1/2 stars
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
This 110 page classic has been on my reading list for years, and I finally got around to reading it. It is a series of vignettes about growing up as a young Latina girl in Chicago. It is beautifully poetic; sometimes funny and other times heartbreakingly sad.
4 1/2 stars
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall-Julie Klassen
A few of my daughters friends loved this, so we gave it a read. It is a squeaky clean Regency Romance about a wealthy and spoiled young women who runs away to avoid a marrying a horrible man who only wants her for her inheritance. She disguises her self as a maid and seeks employment in the mansion of a former suitor she rejected. She's certainly no Jane Austen, but it is a fun escape that you can safely recommend to your daughter or your mother.
Up next on my reading list:
Blythewood, The Aviators Wife, and Before Ever After, and The Mind's Eye.
What have you read lately?