June’s Top 10 Countdown Monday, Jul 11 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am late with another post. This time, however, I have good reason. Well, a good reason for me. I’ve been helping pack/unpack my mum’s new apartment. In any case, I will have more posts shortly and for this post, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
2. One Summer by David Baldacci

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
2. Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Original Argument by Glenn Beck with Joshua Charles
2. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

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May’s Top 10 Countdown Wednesday, Jun 1 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am so, so happy to be reading and posting again. I mean, I guess some people can say that if you really want to post, you’ll figure out a way. But with the amount of reading and other homework I had this past year, it just was not going to happen… which is why I decided to post other activities (some more frequent than others) when I could not read and post book reviews. In any case, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
2. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
2. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

March’s Top 10 Countdown Saturday, Apr 2 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am late with understandable reasons. School work. ‘Nuff said. Anyway, other than a few snags, March was a really good month. Come summer, hopefully you all can expect to be reading a book review every couple days at best. However, at present you’ve been patient, so thank you… but here is another monthly countdown. So, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Red by Sammy Hagar with Joel Selvin
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Toys by James Patterson and Neil McMahon
2. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

Their Eyes Were Watching God Monday, Mar 14 2011 

Hi Readers,

I bring you a book review! It is not on the 2011 Reading List, but I read it for my Women’s Literature class, and I really like it. To be honest, I consider it one of those timeless pieces that everyone should read at least once in their life time.

“Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” (Pg. 1)

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is the story of Janie Crawford. It explores her sexual identity from the age of 16 to when she is a little over 40 years old, and her ever changing views of herself and the world.

As a young woman, Janie has a very brief involvement with with and young man named Johnny Taylor. Janie’s grandmother strongly dislikes Johnny and thus feels the need to immediately separate the two almost-lovers upon seeing them kissing. It is at this time that she orchestrates a marriage between Janie and Logan Killicks. Logan is a great deal older than Janie and quite obviously financially secure—but extremely emotionally insecure. He is never capable of emotionally meeting her needs. He could give her everything except for that. They are married for a short time when she meeting Joe Starks. She runs off with him, and gets married. However, things were not very good. He forces her into a kind of oppression–makes her close herself off to attention from others, and hides her beauty. When Joe passes away, she meets Tea Cake. He is much younger than Janie and yet their relationship seems to “work.” Depending on your perspective, the relationship might be wonderful… for me, it is not good. Anyway…

I genuinely loved this book. I recommend to anyone and everyone. I read reviews by people that complained about the language and “improper english”–and I wonder if they remember that this book takes places in the South? It is an authentic dialect. The book is about a sexual awakening as well as a lesson in self-knowledge is an overall aspect–so keep that in mind; it is not tasteless and perverted; it is true to life and human nature.

The Saturday Review says, “The classic story of light-skinned Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through three marriages. A novel that ‘…belongs in the same category with that of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway.'”

 I’m giving Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a 5out 5. Absolutely phenomenal.

February’s Top 10 Countdown Tuesday, Mar 1 2011 

Hi Readers,

It has been a bit I suppose, but here is another countdown for your viewing pleasure. So, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

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