Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter Reading

There is nothing but chocolate around – that means, for Tarryn & I anyway, 11 days of pure uninterrupted sleep and reading time!

We have waited for this time off like children do a day to Gold Reef City. Huge Calendars were erected and massive X’s scratched each day out; ‘Oh Happy Day’ by Aretha Franklin (The Sister Act) played as we lined up to make our marks on these rather massive and imaginary calendars, we would make the mark and would cheer each other on like we had just run a 30 km race.

“Yeah!!! Go Tarryn!” (Let’s not forget the stilted bum jig from Kelly)

“Yeah!!! Go Kelly!” (Macarena from Tarryn)

Without further adieu we present our Easter reading list:

Tarryn (you’re up first)

Alice Bliss by L Harrington

When Alice learns that he father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Matt Bliss is leaving just as his daughter blossoms into a full-blown teenager. She will learn to drive, shop for a dress for her first dance, and fall in love all while trying to be strong for her mother and take care of her younger sister. Alice wears her dad's shirt every day, even though the scent of him is fading and his phone calls are never long enough. Life continues without him, but nothing can prepare Alice for the day two uniformed officers arrive at their door with news.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Paper Sons and Daughters by Ufrieda Ho

A stowaway hides for long weeks aboard a ship crossing the Indian Ocean. Leaving behind his village and his ancestors, he looks to the gold mountain in Johannesburg as an escape from his bleak life in devastated 1950s China. In South Africa he will become a 'paper son', a literal translation of the phrase used to refer to the illegal immigrants who bought or borrowed new identities from more established Chinese families to avoid detection by the authorities.

He is full of quiet hope for what lies ahead as he sets foot in the Durban docks, but he will never lose the status of a second-class citizen. He is the geel gevaar, the yellow peril in apartheid South Africa, and he soon learns that the streets aren't lined with gold. He can't live where he chooses and won't get the jobs reserved for whites. He becomes a fahfee man, the 'ma-china' of the black townships, running the illegal gambling game so perfectly suited to survival in the rot of South Africa's policies of racial segregation. He is always avoiding the police, always looking to maximise his winnings and always trying to ensure a better life for his wife and four children - until one night in April 1993 when tragedy strikes.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Kelly (Time to get your Read on...)

A pile of stuff at the bottom of the stairs by Christina Hopkinson

The mother of two young boys, Mary knows how to get them to behave the way she wants. Now she's designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart and every little thing her husband does wrong will go on it. Though Mary knows you're supposed to reward the good behavior rather than punish the bad, the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school...

In THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS, Hopkinson pens a hilarious and acutely-observed novel about marriage, motherhood, children, and work. Readers everywhere will find Mary's trials hilariously familiar as they cheer her on in her efforts to balance home, work, children, and a clean bottom stair!

Pigeon English by Stephen Kalman

Recently emigrated from Ghana with his sister and mother to London’s enormous housing projects, Harri is pure curiosity and ebullience—obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to the pigeon who visits his balcony, quite possibly the fastest runner in his school, and clearly also fast on the trail of a murderer.Told in Harri's infectious voice and multicultural slang, Pigeon English follows in the tradition of our great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.
Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.



Bookish Brunette said...

I need to read Water for Elephants still!!!

thebookfairyhaven said...

Oh you girls have got some fabulous reads. I so want to read Abandon and Alice Bliss. I've got my copy of Water for Elephants so should really get around to reading that too. Will be doing my reaching challenge later this week and will let you know when I'm kicking it off :) Happy reading to you. Hope you both have had Blessed Easter weekend. :)

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

This is late (I'm abroad at the moment) - Happy Easter and enjoy your fab books! :)

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