I have been tearing through some books the last two weeks on my Kindle, and some of them have actually been...well...pretty darn good. I thought I'd take the liberty of mentioning some of them, and sharing my thoughts on them. If you're not a reader, well then - first, I feel sorry for you, and second - you have my permission to stop reading THIS. But, if you ARE a reader, carry on...maybe you'll find something for YOUR summer reading list!
I recently watched (on DVD) the movie, "Taking Woodstock" - which was surprisingly fresh, funny and informative. At the end of it, I was left wanting more, and so I picked up a book entitled "The Road to Woodstock" by Michael Lang.
Lang was the actual producer of the legendary concert back in 1969 - and this book is the entire, behind-the-scenes story of everything that happened...the good, the bad and the ugly. I LOVED this book...it was fantastic. I was only 7 years old when Woodstock took place, so this book enabled me to "be there" when I wasn't actually there. Dang it. It looked SOOO cool.
For some light reading (ha!), I waded through the hundreds and hundreds of pages of "Oprah: A Biography" by Kitty Kelley.
I can take or leave Oprah - she's not one of my favorites - and so this book was...meh. There's really nothing shocking in the book, but it is full of anecdotes and trivia and history of the world's richest black woman. The author has certainly done her homework; Kitty Kelley has never been successfully sued for libel by any one that she has profiled in her books. I will say that I do kinda' look at Oprah in a different light, now. Huh.
"The Help", by Kathryn Stockett, was absolutely spell-binding...I literally could not put this book down.
It was fascinating - a fictional account of African-American ladies back in the 1960's working for the Southern genteel of Jackson, Mississippi. Wow. Maybe it's that I loved the sociology of it all - one of my passions - or the history behind it - but this book was excellent. I hear the movie rights have been purchased, and I cannot wait until this is released as a motion picture. I finished the 400+ pages, thinking, "More! More!" It was really THAT good.
Another historical fiction - but based on actual people - is "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier.
This book was very good...the true story (somewhat fictionalized) of Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning, who were renowned in the field of paleontology way-back-when. I love Tracy's books - all of them - and she did not disappoint, once again. This is another book that will soon be made into a motion picture; can't wait!
And last, but not least, I finished "A Reliable Wife" about 2 weeks ago...wow.
This book was written by Robert Goolrick - and this was a book of intrigue, suspense and surprises....I LOVE books like this! And - soon to be a motion picture!
So, that's what's been on my Kindle the last two weeks...I've been a reading machine, as some of these books were just so amazingly gripping.
What have YOU been reading lately? Give me some recommendations, as I need more Kindle books! More! More! Although, I'd probably better give my Kindle a chance to cool down...cuz, man, it has been on FIRE lately with these books!