Book Reviews Part 1

 
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It’s no secret I love to read, and this year I’m trying to keep on track to read at least 25 books. Last year I read 35 books, so hopefully I can meet or surpass that number! I always set 25 books as a default goal for the year, a book every 2 weeks seems reasonable. I thought I’d do smaller recaps throughout the year instead of one large post at the end of the year. Here are the first five books I’ve read in 2019:

  1. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harai - I read this for a book club, and it wasn’t a favorite of mine. Homo Deus is an exploration of where we might be headed as a human race. At times it’s interesting and thought-provoking, but at other times it’s far-fetched and difficult to imagine. While I’m glad I read it, I don’t plan on revisiting the book anytime soon!

  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling - I’m traveling to Orlando in early April to visit three friends, and during my time there I’ll be checking out Harry Potter World at Universal Studios - I can’t wait! Even though I’ve read the Harry Potter series many times before, I thought it would be smart to reread them in advance of this trip. As always, I love rereading the series and getting back into the magic J.K. Rowling created.

  3. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover - This was another book club read, and I enjoyed it much more than Homo Deus. As with all memoirs, I think Educated has to be read with a grain of salt. Our memories are all different, which is exactly what makes them ours. My childhood memories differ from my sisters even though we grew up together. In reading Educated I was particularly struck by a question the author touches on; who writes history? In America we typically grow up going to school, where we’re taught history by teachers and textbooks. In Educated, Westover was taught history (and other subjects) by her parents. You eventually find out how flawed her education was, which made me in turn think about my own education.

  4. One Day in December: A Novel - Josie Silver - I follow Reese Witherspoon’s book club recommendations, and One Day in December was the December pick. It was an interesting story and a quick read - a perfect follow-up to a heavier book like Educated.

  5. The Rock, The Road, and the Rabbi: My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began - Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel - I’ve had this book for awhile, having attended a book signing with Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel at Anne Neilson Fine Art here in Charlotte. While I waited a bit to read it, I’m so glad I finally did. In The Rock, The Road, and the Rabbi, Gifford seeks a deeper understanding of God’s Word, and she takes the reader along her journey, with the help of Rabbi Sobel. Gifford and Rabbi Sobel write in an approachable and understandable way, making the seemingly heavy topic easier to digest, resulting in an enjoyable read.