Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg. 4 out of 5 stars. I know this book got a lot of negative publicity when it first came out, but I think everyone in the professional/business world — women and men – should read this book. We all know that there are tons of women graduating from law, business, and medical schools, but hardly any women CEOs — this book talks about the reasons why. It inspired me to take more control of my career moving forward.
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White. (Spoiler alert.) 3 out of 5 stars. This was the latest read-aloud chapter book that we finished with my son, and I have to say… I didn’t like it as much as I remembered. I also remember being really sad at the end, but my son didn’t seem to upset by Charlotte’s death. Maybe because our dog was on death’s door about a month ago so we’ve been talking about death a lot? (Our dog has made a miraculous recovery. The equivalent of your 90 yr old grandma breaking her hip and being able to walk again.)
The Girl You Left Behind, JoJo Moyes. 3 out of 5 stars. I liked this book, but I do NOT recommend the audiobook. The French accents at the beginning drove me crazy. I actually almost quit listening to it, and then the second storyline started, and I decided to stick it out. The book is the dual storylines of a French woman during WWI occupied France, and an English woman in modern-day London who owned a painting of the French woman, and fights to keep it when her relatives claimed it had been stolen in the war. Good love story and legal drama.
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett. 4 out of 5 stars. If you like Ann Patchett, you’ve got to read this. It’s my favorite book from her since Bel Canto. (I still like Bel Canto better, but this is a close second.) A pharmaceutical research scientist heads deep into the Amazon to check on the progress of her company’s most promising new fertility treatment (and the eccentric doctor heading up the research) as well as find out the truth about the mysterious death of her colleague who had previously been sent there with the same mission. If you enjoy stories that get into issues of medical ethics – this is a must read.
Whatcha readin’ lately? I need a new novel…