Aha...so I am supposed to tell you what I THINK of the books I read, is that it? Not just list them in the sidebar?
Okeydokey. Here goes for the ones I have up now. All except for Harry Potter (which I own) came from my local library. I loves my library!
Anita Shreve's Bodysurfing: A Novel. Anita Shreve is a master of the ZING! There is always something that completely catches me off guard. These are good airplane books (except for The Pilot's Wife, which I actually did read in an airport, waiting for a plane!!)
Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. I started this on my trip, but the bulk of it was read in 2008. I have never read any other Ken Follett, so had no expectations of it in particular. It was a good book and an interesting piece of historical fiction about the era.
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book IV). A re-read. This isn't my favorite of the HP's. I started it when I was out of library books (horrors!). I think the idea of a year-long tournament at Hogwarts with the students from other schools in residence was a little wacky. A YEAR off school for a tournament? Or did the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students take their classes at Hogwarts, and if so, how? Who taught them? I know...willing suspension of disbelief...it's a book about wizards after all!
Harry Bernstein's The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers. A beautiful, true story! Written by the author at the age of 96. He grew up in a dreadfully poor Lancashire mill town where the Christians lived on one side of the street and the Jews on the other. The divide was very great in those days before WWI.
Sabine Kuegler's Child of the Jungle: The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds. Fascinating true story of a family living in the jungle of New Guinea while the linguist/missionary father learned the language of the Stone Age tribe. The author and her siblings grew up as children of the jungle, and leaving for boarding school in Switzerland (speaking no French...!) at age 17 was quite traumatic. An interesting treatment of cultural difference and reverse culture shock.