Saturday, January 29, 2011

52 Books - Books 5 and 6

Still loving the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. Many of you know that most of this year will be a big countdown for me and my family and in many ways this challenge puts that time into a very tangible thing for me. When another book is done, the countdown is one week closer to the big day. Awesome.

Book 5 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This book needs no introduction and no explanation. I chose it because somehow I managed to get through high school and college without ever having to read it and I felt like I was missing out on a piece of Americana itself.

Having read it now I can't say that it was a favorite of mine, but I can appreciate it for what it is, not just funny tales of an adventurous young boy but a brave critique of slavery.

Book 6 - Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons

I dove into this book completely blind. The kids and I were in Barnes and Noble and I walked past the bargain paperbacks table and snatched one on first glance that had a name that intrigued me and wore a $4.98 price tag.

Luck was apparently on my side because this was one that I couldn't put down. The pages seem to turn themselves. I was up till the wee hours of the morning today reading until my eyes burned and turned fire red from fatigue and then began again as soon as I woke and read with very little interruption until noon when I at last reached the last period.

In my opinion it was a superb story of a group of sorority sisters who grew inseperable in college only to barely speak for the next 25 years. They reunite after all that time in a grand old house on the outer banks of North Carolina where they, in many ways, fall right back in step as if they had never been separated but in many others discover the giant chasms that separate them.

If you're a sap for the perfection yet complication of intimate friendship like I am, I suspect you would enjoy this one as I did.

Next - A Lucky Child - A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal


  1. I read Outer Banks a few years ago and loved it. Anne Rivers Siddons has a lot of good books like that.

  2. Sarah, I'm just praying no one from our college days turns out to be "Fig". It will make you reconsider reunions, eh? :-)

  3. I am listening to Huck Finn while I run (I am attempting to train for the Nashville Half Marathon).

    Outer Banks sounds good - I will have to add it to my list.

  4. Best of luck with the half marathon training, Cheree! I ran my first 5k in November and had a really great time. Currently I'm bored out of my mind running on the treadmill at the YMCA a few days a week. Can't wait for the weather to improve so I can get back outside and running for fun again. I'm nowhere near ready for a half yet though.

  5. My first 5K was in December. A friend and I decided we should just go for it and do the half.