Reading Challenge Book #8, Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Date started: May 5, 2012 Date finished: May 5, 2012 Cleopatra’s Daughter tells the story of the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony, Cleopatra Selene. After her parents’ suicide, Selene and her twin brother Alexander Helios and little brother Ptolemy become prisoners/guests of Octavian, who is later known as Emperor … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #7, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Date started: April 29, 2012 Date finished: April 29, 2012 The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a dog named Enzo, whose owner, Denny, is a race car driver. Enzo longs to be human, but has to settle for making philosophical observations about his surroundings that he is sadly … Continue reading

Reading Book Challenge #6, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

Date started: April 27, 2012 Date finished: April 29, 2012 Rachel Morse, a biracial girl whose mother is Danish and whose father is a black G.I., survives a terrible tragedy that claims the lives of her mother, brother, and baby sister. After the accident Rachel’s grandmother, Miss Doris, takes her home … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #4, Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Date started: April 17, 2012 Date finished: April 22, 2012 Life of Pi is the story of a young Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel — who goes by Pi to avoid vulgar bastardizations of his given name — who travels with his family to Canada on a Japanese cargo ship … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #3, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Date started: April 16, 2012 Date finished: April 17, 2012 Honestly, I wish I had read the description for this one a little more carefully before beginning it. I had seen this book on the New York Times Bestsellers List and figured if it was good enough to make the list, … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #1, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Date started: April 6, 2012 Date finished: April 9, 2012 I read Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter based on my mother’s recommendation. It is the story of two men in Mississippi, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones. Larry is accused of kidnapping and murdering two women, and Silas, who is the town constable … Continue reading

2012 Reading Challenge

I just finished reading two wonderful historical fiction novels by Michelle Moran: Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. I read them both in a day and a half and, as much as I read, I only finish books that quickly if they are really well-written or very engaging. Moran’s novels were both, and every time … Continue reading