Monthly Archives: July 2011

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme by Sheila at Book Journey is a fun way to review what happened last week and a great tool to see what others will be reading this week- and come away with lots more added to your tall and tippy pile of books to be read ;)

 

Well, my week didn’t go quite as expected last week.  I had wanted to get so much read but it was hot, I got busy, the book I picked was not a fast read…good…but not a page turner.  Therefore, my picks for this week are, once again, The Winter of our Disconnect  (three-fourths of the way through) and Exposure.

With my youngest at Boy Scout Summer Camp this week I should have a great opportunity to get a lot of book time in. 

On a more positive note I did actually get a review up last week of The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers!

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Sunday Confessional…Summer Camp

I confess! My son leaves for Boy Scout summer camp today and I don’t want him to go!  “What?” you say.  “Is she crazy?” you whisper to another.  Yes, I must be.  While most moms can’t wait for a week of relaxation and quiet with the kiddos gone- I dread it.  Don’t get me wrong, I will enjoy the quiet for a while.  But I will miss him dearly.

My sixteen year old and I do so much together.  Because my husband goes to bed early (8pm because he has to be to work by 3am) my son is my card playing partner, my movie watching partner, my shopping companion, etc.  And while most sixteen-year old boys don’t want to be caught dead with their mother, he doesn’t mind…yet.

So yes, I will miss him when he’s at camp.  But I know he’s in good hands and he will have many wonderful experiences there minus mom.  And I guess this is good practice for when he eventually leaves home.  But that still doesn’t mean I have to like it!

The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers *Review*

In 1945, a three-week old infant girl was kidnapped from the Belgian Congo.  Thirteen years later there are rumors that a white girl is living among the Bashilele tribe of headhunters.  Determined to bring the girl back to her own people, young missionary Amanda Brown and the police captain Pierre set off to find her.

Found and brought back to live among the white people, “Ugly Eyes” as she is called among her Bashilele family, has a hard time fitting in with a people she has never seen before.  White people?  They are ugly and they all look the same.  She doesn’t look like that…does she?

And then there is the question of who kidnapped her, and is her rightful family one of these that are trying to help her?

When I picked up this book and started reading I did not realize this was the sequel to The Witch Doctor’s Wife.  Normally I do not read books out of order, it messes with my head.  But I was so far into this book before I realized it, I just kept going.  Would reading the first book have helped with my opinion of this book?  Maybe.  Author Tamar Myers grew up in the Belgian Congo.  The country and the people are in her blood.  My guess is that the first book explains a lot more about their culture than this book does.  And really…that’s what intrigues me most.

For instance, have you ever stepped inside a tribeswoman’s head and wondered what the heck a bra is for, how do you put one on, and why would you be ashamed of your breasts?  Having never seen white people and their silly clothes and ways would make this particular piece of apparel quite a mystery.  This part of the book cracked me up!

Another thing to ponder.  Why would you give your daughter a moniker that means nothing?  In the Congo, the native people are often named for a physical characteristic like “Ugly Eyes” or “Cripple.”  Why would you choose, for instance, the name Helen?  What does it mean?

When it came to the mystery plot of the story, I found I was not really interested in motive or perpetrator.  I felt the characters were not developed enough to leave me wanting to know more about them.  For this reason I rated this book 2/5 stars.

My Book and I At…

My books and I go everywhere together.  You will find me in a huge state of panic if for some reason I am without one.  So I thought it would be fun to show you from time to time where I go with my books. 

Last week I read The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers.  I will be posting my review of this tomorrow so stop back to see what I thought of this read.

Crow Wing Lake public access
 

My son’s Boy Scout patrol picked this lake to do a swimming event at.  I took my book along because I knew it would be hours before I would get them out of the water.  Unfortunately, I did not get much read.  Even at the age of 16 they still like attention.  I would just get started reading a paragraph and I would hear “Mom, watch me do this” and “Angie, take a picture of me doing that.”

Later after they were done swimming and had eaten and gone home, I relaxed around the last remnants of the campfire and got a few chapters read.

How about you?  Do books travel with you everywhere?  Do you take them to the park, to the beach, in the bathtub with you (please do not post that photo!)  Are you reading them at the doctor’s office, at Burger King while on lunch, on the plane?  I’d like to see your book travel pictures.  In the comments feel free to let me know where your book has been read and link your photo if you’d like.  Since I am not much of a traveler my books will never go far, but I can guarentee…they will go!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

I realize I am a little late to the party, but I have been busy switching my blog from Blogger to WordPress.  I was just having so many problems with posts posting late, pictures not going where I planted them and posts becoming freakishly spaced.  Way too much drama! 

I am familiar with WordPress since that is what my life blog has been on for the last 3+ years so I decided to take the plunge.  I’m still not set up the way I want to be and there will be lots of tweaking to do, but I can’t wait any longer!  The reviews are starting to pile up!

This meme by Sheila at Book Journey is a fun way to review what happened last week and a great tool to see what others will be reading this week- and come away with lots more added to your tall and tippy pile of books to be read 😉

Last week I did finish the two I set out to read Faith & The Headhunter’s Daughter (reviews to come) and this week I have set my sights on The Winter of our Disconnect and Exposure.

The Winter of our Disconnect is the story of How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale.

Exposure is a novel about  the ardent young love of Anthony and Amelia and a nightmarish legal maelstrom that threatens to destroy two families when a naked picture of Anthony is found on Amelia’s computer and how events spiral completely out of control. 

More on all books listed can be found by clicking on the links above.

Have a great week all and keep those pages turning!

>It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a chance for all to share what they accomplished reading wise last week and what your reading plans are for the upcoming week. Join in with Sheila at Book Journey so we can see what you are up to!
I just got a nook a couple of weeks ago as an anniversary gift from my husband and I am so excited to start using it. BUT, I still have three books checked out from the library that are bordering on overdue so that is where my attention will be focused this week.
First up, Faith by Jennifer Haigh:

It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city’s archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.

Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of a maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined.
Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila’s younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila’s questions and refuses to defend himself.
As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family’s history of silence-and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness.

Then, if I can stay out of the lake long enough during this super hot and humid week I will also start The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamara Myers:

In 1945, an infant left inadvertently to die in the jungles of the Belgian Congo is discovered by a young Bashilele tribesman on a mission to claim the head of an enemy. Recognized as human-despite her pale white skin and strange blue eyes-the baby is brought into the tribe and raised as its own. Thirteen years later, the girl-now called “Ugly Eyes”-will find herself at the center of a controversy that will rock two separate societies.

Young missionary Amanda Brown hears the incredible stories of a white girl living among the Bashilele headhunters. In the company of the local police chief, Captain Pierre Jardin, and with the witch hunter’s wife, the quick-witted Cripple, along as translator, Amanda heads into the wild hoping to bring the lost girl back to “civilization.” But Ugly Eyes no longer belongs in their world-and the secrets surrounding her birth and disappearance are playing them all in far graver peril than anyone imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, that’s my week in a nutshell. Now I’m off to see yours!