Friday, February 25, 2011

Excellent Reads

I haven't done a book post for a while.  I belong on Good Reads and so I do all of my reviews there, but I have recently read several good books that I felt I should pass on.

Cutting for Stone:  This is honestly one of the most "tight" reads I have read in years.  I LOVED this book.  It is long--over 900 pages but it never felt long to me.  I didn't skip a word.

City of Tranquil Light: This is a story about a missionary couple in China in the 1920s.  This is a wonderful book full of faith, light and goodness.

Unbroken:  This is the amazing story of Louis Zamperini, from Olympic runner to WWII Pow survivor.  After years of knowing so much about the horrors of the Holocaust, this book for the first time, really showed me the horrors the Japanese did to the POWs during World War II.  That said, while parts of this book are hard to read, this book is full of hope and peace as well.  I was struck by this man's story and also the realization of the many stories we have lost because of the many men who died in World War II, who never got a chance to tell of their heroism.  Honestly, this book changed me forever.

Water for Elephants:  This was a great, easy read for me.  It kept me interested the whole time and it didn't end as I expected.  It the perfect read for me at time when I needed an "escape."


noelle said...

i'm so glad you loved unbroken! it changed me forever, too. i am going to pick up a few on your list - i need a new book or two.

Michelle said...

I always like hearing about what you've read- I'll be adding these to my Kindle.

Britt said...

I'm going to have to read Unbroken now. You are a great asset, Janice - you have great taste in books, you write interesting reviews, and you're an olympic level speed reader.