Thursday, February 26, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. January

 “My yesterdays are disappearing, an my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live the moment”
― Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Book covers: Silver bay, Still Alice, The orphans of Race point, The idea man.

The beginning of 2015 hasn't been easy or what we expected, but what is life without some ups and downs.  It has giving us lessons to learn and experiences, probably we will laugh about them in the future.  I made a statement one month will not define the rest of 2015. 

On January, a friend invited me to be part of a reading group, our commitment is to read 52 books during the year.  There are 52 categories and each one will pick the books we want to read.  It is not an usual book club, but it works for us. 

So far I had read 4 books, I know I am a little behind, but I will try my best to read the 52.

A book that becomes a movie 
Still Alice by Lisa Genova  / ★★★★ (5)
Alice is professor and a cognitive psychology at Harvard and an expert in linguistics who at 50 discovers she has Alzheimer's disease.   Meanwhile you are reading, you live with her the terrifying journey of slowly losing her memories, a part of herself and the painful effects in her relationships with her family and friends.
For me the saddest part is that you cannot fight against Alzheimer's. The diagnose just means for you a sentence: wait an unknown amount of time until your mind deteriorate.   Even when it is a sad book, I like the books that stay with me and make me think and talk about them.
Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Alice.  I haven't seen the movie yet but I will soon. 

A book by an author you have never read before 
The orphans of Race point by Patry Francis / ★★ (2)
The lives of one boy and one girl from a small Portuguese community change forever during their childhood.  They keep a long life relationship,  even when they cannot trust each other.

I promise myself that if I start a book and I don't feel a connection with the characters, I will stop reading it.  Probably is not for me and there are millions of books to read. 
That's what happen with this book, I didn't enjoy it since the beginning, but I give a second chance and it the end I will just say that I don't recommend it.  

A memoir 
The idea man by Paul Allen / ★★★★ (4.5)
My husband as a software developer bought and read this book many years ago.  The week before the Superbowl I thought it was a perfect book to read, because the author is the owner of the Seahawks. 

Paul Allen is one of the founders of Microsoft, as his life, the book is not just about software and technology.  It gives you a glance of how his parents encourage his many passions since he was a kid and how living in Seattle help him to become an entrepreneur. 
I love his vision of the future of technology and how he has influence the life of the city in some many ways: art, music, sports and science. 

A book set in a different country (England, Australia)
Silver bay by Jojo Moyes  / ★★★★ (3.5)
This book is set in a small community in Australia called Silver bay, a tourist town from where you can sail for sightseeing whales and dolphins. A British developer company decide to built a big resort, that will change the environment and the life of the town.  
The man sent by the developer fall in love with the place and the people that run the small hotel in which he stays.  The book is full of charming characters, secrets and nice descriptions of the bay and interesting facts about whales. 

I've read other books by Jojo Moyes (Me before you and One plue one) and loved them.  This one, however, was not as good as the others.

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