Thursday, November 24, 2011

Book Club Updates

MIA on Book Club Posts... but here were our last few books in case you're looking for reading recommendations!

#1 Oct 2010: A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion
Would not recommend

#2 Nov 2010: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrel
Recommend

#3 Jan 2011: Those who Save Us by Jenna Bloom
The story from a German family during World War II.
Recommend

#4 Feb 2011: Love Story by Eric Segal
Would not recommend

#5 Mar 2011 A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Would not recommend

#6 April 2011 ROOM by Emma Donoghue A sad story of a woman kept in captivity and her child's escape.
Highly Recommend

#6 May 2011 Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson more like 3 cups of deceit - the 'story' of a man who wants to promote world peace by providing education to underprivileged communities.
Would not recommend

#7 June 2011 Bossypants by Tina Fey so hilarious, it's worth the quick-light read
Highly Recommend

#8 July 2011: Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor  Mary Ellen's friend wrote this and it's totally worth reading! An honest diary of one woman's life as she lost her husband while pregnant with their first child. Makes you appreciate life, love and family.
Recommend

#9 Aug 2011: Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Mahon  Short stories, easy reads, but not particularly a can't-put-it-down-page-turner.
Would not recommend

#10 Sept 2011: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Loved Kite Runner, Loved this one too
Highly Recommend

#11 Oct 2011: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon oops, didn't read this one!
Didn't Read

#12 Nov 2011: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot An interesting story of a medical breakthrough due to one woman's cancer cells.
Recommend

#13 Jan 2012: UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand
Didn't Read

#14 Feb 2012: Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic....ly boring
Would not recommend

#15 Mar 2012: Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Socilogist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Recommend

#16 Apr 2012: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson The pages keep turning as you wonder if the next day will be the one of revealation. An incredible revelation about 3/4ths of the way through.
Highly Recommend

#17 May 2012: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain I found myself incredibly curious about the life of Ernest Hemmingway after this story of his first wife.
Highly Recommend

#18 June 2012: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Takes awhile to get into, but the second half of the book moves quickly once you've started deeply caring for the twins, Marion and Shiva.
Recommend

#19 July 2012: 50 Shades of Gray Trilogy
Recommend

#20 Sept 2012: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The mythical story of a circus and two children bonded forever in a game where there are no rules.
Highly Recommend

#21 Oct 2012: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn A disturbing fictional story of a married couple bonded together by the psychotic wife.
Highly Recommend

#22 Dec 2012: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

2 comments:

dan said...

cindy, reporters in taiwn want to know if you have any connetion to Taiwan via parents or grandparents. i am a reporter in tawian, please email me at danbloom AT gmail DOT com....and bravo....danny, Tufts 1971

dan said...

YES YOU AND ERNIE ......BRAVO

re Ernie Halvorsen and team-mate (and fiancee) Cindy Chiang ...plogspot101
[email us at bikolang@gmail.com] ... Cindy Chiang - Are Cindy's parents or grandparents from Taiwan by any chance. ...


I just guessed you might be from Taiwan, but i was not sure...so i just left msg on blog. COOL.....i am a reporter here , since 1996, and
I thought this is a good news story for Taiwan media to write about one day.......i am not sure if the Taiwan media in Taipei was aware
that your parents are from Taiwan.......they will love to know that...may i tell the newspaper editors in Taipei? just for a good fun positive story

and BRAVO

by the way, funny, CIndy and Ernie...i wrote a new song a few months ago, called AMAZING RACE, and it is a new way to sing
the AMAZING GRACE song but without the JEsus stuff, since I am not a CHristian, so my AMAZING RACE song is on YOUTBE NOW
same melody but with new words that speak to the fact that WE ARE ALL ONE HUMAN RACE, all of us, no white or yellow or black but
JUST ONE HUMAN AMAZING RACE.......and funny, when i posted the song on YOTUBE, it suddently got 1000 hits and i did not know why, as i had never heard of the AMAZING RACE TV SHow....sorry, i do not follow USA pop culture anymore....haha....but then i realized, OOPS,
they are not going to my song for the song, they made a mistake looking for the TV show videos...HAHA

O LIFE

merry christmas or as they say in Taiwan SEN DAN JIE....whatever THAT MEANS