Fallout - Todd Strasser
The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan
Vengeance - Megan Miranda
Does anyone even read these post? Well if you do you'll remember that last month I complained about another book where a female author was trying to portray the voice of a teenage boy and I hated it. Once again tried and failed. You have a girl who is super interesting, she almost died after drowning in a frozen lake and she now has the power to feel when people are close to death. Obviously this is pretty traumatic for her and isn't exactly great for her friends, family, or boyfriend either. Whose perspective do we get though...the lame, jealous boyfriend. He comes off so whiny and insecure. I realize that guys can feel this way, that these feelings do not just exist in the female portion of our population but I don't enjoy reading about them. It's sort of like the guy version of of Twilight. Blah. The bits that were sort of fun about this book, there is a little mystery going on...a possible whodunit.
Her Dark Curiosity - Megan Shepard
So this book was interesting. Imagine that Dr Moreau had a daughter that he had abandon when he'd run off to The Island. Imagine that he'd had her come to see him. Imagine that she'd been part of his destruction but had then returned to England to find that his works had followed her both in some of his creations and his work that was being financed by men of means who want to use his inventions as weapons of war. Megan Shepard does just that. You get a little smattering of sci-fi, some Victorian backdrop, a mystery, and some love interest.
The Solitary House - Lynn Shepard
The Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey
So I used to listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio all the time. Sometimes I think he is really extreme but sometimes I think he is just what I need to hear. With this big trip we have coming up we got a little to comfortable with debt. Dave is great at motivating you back on the path of debt avoidance. We set up a nice little budget. It's called don't spend any money AT ALL...except on the bare essentials, the trip, and debt. We even considered only having Dr. J go on the trip since it would be significantly cheaper but Dr. J ultimately convinced me saying this is a once in a life time experience. Hopefully the budget will help keep us on track. He also does things like advise you to have $1000 on hand so that you can take care of life's little emergencies and other great little tips like that. I liked having that little extra bit of motivation. He also has all these great forms to help you get on a budget, to plan to pay back debt, to learn about investment. I know people who are huge believers in Dave and people who aren't. I'm a believer even if I'm way far off from where I should be. Hope Dr. J and I can stay on track and get those med school debts paid off fast. Goodness knows when you are a doctor family you need help being motivated to tackle that crazy debt!
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan