Reading in September

I had set a challenge for myself on Goodreads. I had to read 60 books in 2014, it didn’t feel to hard because my average over the past 4 years has been 80. Well that didn’t take into account that we have put the cable back and all of the hours I spent flipping channels.

Yesterday I decided it was time to get back to my nightly routine. Getting in bed between 9:30 and 10 and reading for an hour or so. 

Right now on my nightstand :

New York. It’s a very well written and researched novel. It takes us on a 350 year ride through NYC history, from the 1660 and the first Dutch settlers today. That in by itself makes it an interesting read. What I found disappointing is that the storyline touches lightly on the characters. The families depicted lack in depth and in interest. The story moves either too slowly or make such great leaps that I had to go back and try to figure out the relationships with the prior chapter. 

Gordon Parks  .   I have discovered Gordon Parks during my class at the ICP and I am in awe of his talent. He was the first african american photographer to join the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and to become a staff photographer for Life Magazine. I am mostly attracted to his work on social justice and race. You can see some of his work here.

People I want to punch in the throat Jen is my new BFF. If she lived down the street from me I would be standing at her door begging to be her friend. She has an amazing way of telling stories that make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. Her assaults on the absurdity of suburban life are just a delight. I wish I had the courage to speak out the way she does. Totally love this book

Empress Dowager CIXI. This is my latest purchase and I still have to get started. I picked it up because I am a total sucker for strong women biographies. I will have to update you on this one



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