Reading Preview

Since my blog is focused on reading and reviewing books, I thought I should give a quick preview of the books on my Up and Coming Reading List. I will try to do this every-so-often. I can't promise to stick to this list or go in any particular order, but I do want to give the very few of you that do follow my blog the opportunity to read along with me so there can be more discussion on the books I review. I would love for this to be more interactive. So, the next six books on my reading list... actually they are sitting right next to me on my coffee table (well, except one, which my mom-in-law has) are in no particular order....

1. The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson
Bartholomew Fortuno, the World's Thinnest Man, believes that his unusual body is a gift. Hired by none other than P. T. Barnum to work at his spectacular American Museum—a modern marvel of macabre displays, breathtaking theatrical performances, and live shows by Barnum's cast of freaks and oddities—Fortuno has reached the pinnacle of his career. But after a decade of constant work, he finds his sense of self, and his contentment within the walls of the museum, flagging. When a carriage pulls up outside the museum in the dead of night, bearing Barnum and a mysterious veiled woman—rumored to be a new performer—Fortuno's curiosity is piqued. And when Barnum asks Fortuno to follow her and report back on her whereabouts, his world is turned upside down. Why is Barnum so obsessed with this woman? Who is she, really? And why has she taken such a hold on the hearts of those around her?

Just an FYI- I am currently reading this one. :)

2. The Astronomer by Lawrence Goldstone
1534, Paris. A student at the Catholic Collège de Montaigu, serving as a courier for the Inquisition, is murdered by members of an extreme Lutheran sect for the packet of letters he is carrying. His friend and fellow classmate Amaury de Faverges - the illegitimate son of the Duke of Savoy and an expert in astronomy and natural science - is recruited as his replacement and promised a decree of legitimacy if he can uncover the secret that threatens to overturn Catholicism and the reign of François I.

Working undercover, Amaury journeys south to the liberal court of the king's sister, Marguerite of Navarre, the alleged heart of the conspiracy. The deeper he probes, the more Amaury is forced to confront his own religious doubts; and when he discovers a copy of Copernicus's shocking manuscript showing the sun at the center of the universe, he knows the path he must follow.

3. Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness.

Note: Non-fiction. I don't read a lot of these and am trying to broaden my horizons

4. Silas Marner: The Weaver of Ravenloe by George Eliot
Gentle linen weaver Silas Marner is wrongly accused of a heinous theft, and he exiles himself from the world-until he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day at his isolated cottage. Somber, yet hopeful, Eliot's realistic depiction of an irretrievable past, tempered with the magical elements of myth and fairy tale, remains timeless in its understanding of human nature and is beloved by every generation

This was a recommendation from a friend.

5. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died – a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire . .
Ok- Don't judge me for this one. I got it for 10 cents at a garage sale and am still up in the air about reading it because I heard it was terribly sad.

6. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
Two seriously injured people arrive at the emergency ward of the Sahlgrensa hospital in Gothenburg. One is the wanted murderer Lisbeth Salander who has taken a bullet to the head and needs immediate surgery, the other is Alexander Zalachenko, an older man who Lisbeth has attacked with an axe.

I cannot wait to read this one. My mom-in-law currently has it. Books 1 &2 of this series were great and I am so looking forward to the exciting conclusion!


David said...

"The Guardian" soundsl like a poor mans "P.S. I love you"(thanks for the heads up on the title)

The Astronomer sounds good. I can never turn down an epic religious thriller about the secret inner workings of the Catholic church.(The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons)

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