Notorious RBG (#3/50)

Well, kids…I’m not sure I’m going to make it to fifty books by the end of the year. Looking at my stack of “still need to read” books, I see substantial page counts, tough topics, and some books that I simply don’t want to rush through just for the sake of reaching a certain number. But it’s ok. If I can still hit at least 30, I will be happy. If I can get to 40, even better!

Anyhow, here is book number three:

RBG book

Title – Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Authors – Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Page count – 195

So it’s not the longest book in the world, but it was still a very fun read. This was one of my many Amazon book purchases (I have a problem. Seriously. No one should be allowed to do late-night Amazon shopping.), and I couldn’t wait for it to get here! I was not disappointed. Not only is it a gorgeously-constructed book – creamy smooth cover, glossy pages – but it is filled with personal photos of RBG, annotated court documents and dissents, even a description of the “Notorious RBG workout.” Continue reading “Notorious RBG (#3/50)”


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)

Hello all!

My second book of The Challenge was another joy to read. It’s always difficult for different generations to understand each other. What’s frustrating is when the two people (mother-daughter in the case of Divine Secrets) literally shared each other’s body at one point. It feels like that understanding should come easier. That’s the complexity of mother-daughter relationships that this book explores, to a maddening, heart-wrenching, lovely, exquisite degree. So, without further ado, here is my second selection for my Fifty Book Challenge:

Title: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells

Page count: 449

The two main characters in this book are Sidda and her mom Vivi. The “present time” in this book is the early 1990s, when Sidda is a middle-aged adult. The title comes from a scrapbook that Vivi lends Sidda, entitled “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” The Ya-Yas are Vivi and her three best girlfriends (Teensy, Caro, and Necie) from childhood.

Divine Secrets takes its reader into the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, brimming with poetic descriptions Continue reading “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)”

The Invasion of the Tearling (#1/50)

So I did end up reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but I started it right after I put up my last post. And seeing as it is the shortest in the series, I finished it before the end of 2015. Then, I realized I still had a couple books I’d picked up from the library and decided those were a more pressing priority. Because due dates. The rest of HP will come later, but for now, here is my first selection for my 50 Book Challenge:

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Page count: 511

This book is actually the second in a trilogy. It follows The Queen of the Tearling, which was also fabulous. Go read it. Like The Queen, Continue reading “The Invasion of the Tearling (#1/50)”