Reading 12 Books

Okay...not all at once. One of my 30 during 30 is to read 12 books this year (so approximately one a month). I'm not quiet there because some have taken longer to read than others. However, I figured I would share with you what books I'm reading and highlight some of my favorites.

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Loved this book! She's so funny and so many stories that relate across the board. It was so fantastic I gave it away a few months back on my blog).
Stride Toward Freedom by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (I read this in February while I was doing programming at work for Black History Month. Everything this man writes and his speeches just give me chills).
The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston (I tried to read this but stopped about 100 pages in...chapter was interesting but written too much like a thesis or dissertation....YAWN).
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess (Holy crap! If you haven't read this book yet YOU NEED TO!!! I found myself laughing aloud on the bus, shaking with laughter, crying, peeing my pants...almost....READ READ READ).

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (I think it's in the "young adult" section. About a boy who is raised by ghosts in a British graveyard being protected against a man looking to kill him. I read it on my way to/from Boston.  Super cute & easy to read)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (as of writing this entry 4/29 I'm only a few chapters in but both my Mother and Aunt have read it and really enjoyed it. Apparently it is already in the works to become a movie as well. I enjoy it so far).

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente (This wasn't a hard read but it took me a while to read because I just haven't had time lately. I was glad I read it though. I think it was adorable story about a girl who was Ravished away to Fairyland and saves the land from an evil Marquess. There's a sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There - gotta go buy it.)

Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett (Yes, you read that right. Our favorite rum swigging, guitar playing, pirate wrote a book about a family hiding their pet pig in a 4-star New York hotel - some chapters are written from the perspective of the young boy, the others by THE PIG! Best part - it's based on the life of a friend of his! I read it on my way to-from Baltimore. A fun and easy read)

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner (I have a soft spot for "alternative fairytales" - Wizard of Oz, The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Stories of the Three Little Pigs. But these go even beyond the "traditional" twisting of fairytales. These of full of 'womyn' fighting the feminist fight, mothers-of-the-step bonding with their unpayed-employee daughters-of-step when faced with men's tyranny, etc. I read it in less than an hour but it's funny).

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (This was a $2 find in a discount bin but looked fun. It was a quick read - written for ages 8-12 but then I love kids books. This has magic and hope and a quest of a young boy to find his little sister. Sweet book but not something I need to keep on the shelves.)


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