Sunday, January 1, 2017

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Construction of a Comedian (Memoir)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a compilation of comedian Trevor’s life in South African during apartheid—a racially radical time when his birth was considered a criminal act because he was born to a black woman and a white father. At times this compelling, insightful book is like a splash of cold water, an eye-opening glimpse at the realities, absurdities, tragic injustices, and ironies of apartheid, racism, and poverty.  But it’s also engagingly funny.  Trevor weaves humor through the tragedies and triumphs of growing up with a deeply religious mother who guides him to manhood.  It’s about Trevor’s first kiss “…right outside McDonald’s, so it was extra special.” It’s about a mischievous boy who likes to play with fire, the embarrassment of pushing the car to school, and a misunderstanding with a dancer named Hitler. 

Bottom line:  It’s an entertaining read in which Trevor uses his past DJ skills to blend an upbeat mix of humor, horror, and humanity in print.  Go Tre-vor! Go Tre-vor! Go Tre-vor!

Happy Reading,


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Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Favorite Books

Book Ratings of 2016 (Annette’s Reading List)

Below are the book reviews I have posted in 2016. Most books are fiction, unless otherwise noted.  As always it’s extremely difficult to narrow down a favorite book. I really enjoyed most of them, but there a couple that truly stood out for me.

Click on the titles to read the reviews.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Touching. Right up there with The Rosie Project as a favorite. 

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle Memoir  One of my favorite memoirs.

Address Unknown by Kressmann Taylor  Non-Fiction  Short but mighty.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Classic One of my favorite classics—pure fun!

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Pulitzer Prize Winner Fast-paced, interesting and entertaining.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin  Difficulties of love.

French Dirt by Richard Goodman  Memoir/Travelogue Really liked it.

Intensity by Dean Koontz Action/Suspense Slasher suspense.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens Action/Suspense  Good suspense.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Honor and obligation.

The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran Memoir/Travelogue  Fun read!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion This quirky book about a man in pursuit of love tops the list this year and gets my “favorite book of the year award.” 

Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and MicahSparks Memoir/Travelogue Interesting, funny, heartbreaking.

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan Action/Suspense  Great suspense.  Hard to put down.

Happy Reading,


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