June: Sunny With a Chance of Awesome Reads!

Gee, for a few months I was wondering where the good books were, but June changed all that. ENJOY!

The Calligraphers Daughter by Eugenia Kim
A sweet, beautiful book. I found myself totally immersed in Korean life circa 1915. 1945.♥♥♥

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I don’t usually read murder mysteries, but this one has a strange (and true) twist. Stieg Larsson didn't live to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo published -- he died of a heart attack just after he delivered the manuscripts for this book. Since it was published in 2005 it has become wildly successful, along with the other two in the series -- which I have already purchased and will read next month because, yes, the book is great and I can’t wait to see what happens. SO….book one in the trilogy is about the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden. Her uncle is determined to find out what happened to her before he dies, so he hires Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist, who hires a helper, one Lisbeth Salander, a punked out, pierced and tattooed genius researcher and computer hacker.♥♥

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
The true story of writer Corrigan’s double-whammy experience with cancer. First she is diagnosed with breast cancer, and then her Father is stricken with bladder cancer. Surprisingly the story is full of hope as she recalls her childhood and comes to grips with the being someone's child, having children of her own and taking care of both – the “middle-place.”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
You will be immediately caught up in the story of Rose and the special gift she has. I don’t want to give anything away…but I highly recommend the book! ♥♥♥

The Whale by Philip Hoare
Once in a great while a book comes along that defies logic. Logically a book about the present state of whales, interwoven with excerpts from Moby Dick, along with the occasional trip to far-flung whale museums and sprinkled with historical facts, would not equate to the kind the following and admiration Hoare has received. I don’t know exactly why, but this is one of my favorite books ever. ♥♥♥