Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Middle Sister's April Reads

April was a fantastic reading month. I only read three books, but each was a gem and was thoroughly enjoyed. Forthwith:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows This book has been on my TBR list since it was published. Why did I wait so long to read it? Read it, read it! I fell in love with every single character in the book. I had one, just one, little thing I would nitpick, and that's only because I have read a little about Alan Turing. But it's so minor I will easily let that little bit of modern political correctness slide by. This easily ranks as one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Go read it. So highly recommended there are no words

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson I like a dry sense of humor, so Bill Bryson's books are always an enjoyable read for me. And I love to walk and hike and be in nature, so it was a given I'd enjoy his memoir about hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. However, his cogitations on history, tackling a quest, coming to grips with your own failings, and other philosophical ramblings make this a book even a non-hiker will enjoy. Recommended

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia McConnell Wonderful book about dogs that focuses on emotions, something which, until recently, many scientists insisted digs did not possess. Good background information on the neurological and physical underpinnings of emotions in both species, the books focuses on the least understood and, to many, most frightening aspects of dog emotion: fear, aggression, and jealousy. A must read for any dog lover and any dog owner. I love dogs and am nerdy and have read many books about them, and I still learned several very useful and interesting things. Recommended