Friday, June 02, 2006

Summer Reading.

I've read three more books! Yes, that's pretty much all I do.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
I love books about different cultures (esp. books in which someone enters a culture different than their own, but that's not this book), so this is a pleasurable read. It's interesting to learn about the secret language the Chinese females developed. And, yeah, miscommunication sucks (how eloquently put!) ** 1/2

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
This book is fabulous. The language is so beautiful, as are the descriptions. You can vividly picture South Carolina and the three black bee keeper sisters in their pink house. This book made me remember that the world and life can't be just randomness and science (and how sad for you if you think so)--but I wouldn't say that was the book's intention, maybe I just picked it up on my own, although it could have been. I'd recommend this book to people, for sure. It's weird because I tried to read Kidd's The Mermaid Chair, and didn't like it, so I thought I wouldn't enjoy this one. I'll have to give The Mermaid Chair another chance. *** 1/2

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
I started this book last summer and abandoned it. I do that sometimes, and it's no reflection on the quality of the book, because this one was enjoyable enough. It's an Oprah book. I've noticed that Oprah's Book Club books must contain at least one of these things: cheating husband, child molestation (or at least an accusation of), rape, questionable death, or incest. This book has three of those things. **


Nick said...

I heard a lot of good things about the book on the bees :D

Stefanie said...

"the book on the bees," eh? My favorite professor recommended it to me--and we often share so many of the same thoughts, it's scary, so I figured I'd probably love it, too!

Nick said...

What's scary that you and your professor share the same thoughts or the book? DRUM ROLL PLEASE! :D

Stefanie said...