A Feast for Crows: I am a big fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series (television viewers know it as the Game of Thrones series), but I put this one off for a while. This is book four. Book 3 was so very good, and I'd heard that books 4 and 5 were not as good. I just couldn't bring myself to read them. Finally, I decided to read it and it was just ok. There were plenty of new characters introduced and some of the main characters were missing. The story almost stalled, basically, which is a disappointment given that this book is 1100 pages long.
The Last Unicorn: I loved this movie so much when I was a kid. The book was a freebie on Audible.com, so I thought I'd give it a read. I enjoyed it. It was a short, easy read. I haven't seen the movie since I was a little kid, so I had forgotten a lot of the plot. This was the movie that inspired me to go on a unicorn phase until I was about 12, so it was nice to return to it for a little while. Definitely a nice book to read, especially for little girls.
Seriously...I'm Kidding: Another book that I listened to because I enjoy comedians who read their own books on Audible. I'm a big fan of Ellen, and this is actually the second book I've read by her. Lots of silly anecdotes and stories, and plenty of nice light, funny, reading. If you love Ellen, you'll love this book, period. Some of the reader complaints I've heard is that it contains a lot of material from her monologues on her show. I don't get to watch her show every day anymore, so I definitely enjoyed listening to this one. Runners - this is a perfect listen to while running book.
A Fighting Chance: Political memoirs are not usually my cup of tea, but I'm an Elizabeth Warren fan, so I thought I'd check out her book. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I found her to be an honest, amazing woman who is really and truly working for a better America. It was really interesting to hear about her work towards making Wall Street a better place. I also very much enjoyed hearing about her struggles raising her kids while also having a career. The audiobook is also read by the author, which is a plus.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: This book had been on my to-read list FOREVER. I finally decided to give it a read. It is a non-fiction book about the women whose cells were used to create the HeLa cells that are used for medical (especially cancer) research. It's an incredible story to read. It was so interesting to learn about Henrietta and her life and family, but also to get some serious background information on medical ethics, cell cultures and how medical research was conducted on African Americans in the past. The story takes place at Johns Hopkins and Baltimore, so it is close to home for me.
A Dance with Dragons: Once I read A Feast for Crows, I had to go on to read the last of the currently published books in the series. This one contains the stories of Danerys and Tyrion, who happen to be my two favorite characters. I knew that nothing crazy was going to happen in this book (and by something crazy, I mean Dany reaching Westeros). It was plodding to read through her plot in Essos, and it just DRAGGED, but the ending was good enough that I felt like I was happy to have read it. I just need George RR Martin to finish the next book in the series. Please, GRRM, let's finish it.
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