December 28, 2008
Ah, the last Sunday of 2008 and I am feeling tired and contemplative. Yesterday I had a house full of people for a family Christmas dinner. It was a lot of work – both prepping for it and carrying it out – and I am happy now to have a quiet house with the fire going and the animals snoozing around me.
Since last Sunday I finished reading The Eye in the Door (read my review) and The Ghost Road (read my review) both by Pat Barker. The Ghost Road was by far the best book of this WWI trilogy (and it won the Booker Prize in 1995). If any of you are thinking of reading just one book of this series, I would suggest re-thinking. All three books should really be read (in order) to gain the full impact of what Barker is trying to do. I thought Barker’s writing was great – but the story is a dark and sad one…and disturbing. It is not for everyone.
I finished reading an Advance Readers Edition of Firmin by Sam Savage and illustrated by Fernando Krahn this morning – and that means I have completed my goal of 100 books this year! I’ll be posting a review later today. I enjoyed this slim novel about a rat living in a bookstore in Boston. For as long as I can remember I have loved books where creatures live secretly beneath floorboards or in the walls of stores or houses.
One of my favorite childrens books was Sylvester the Mouse with the Musical Ear by Adelaide Holl which is about a mouse who lives in a music store. Firmin reminded me of this book, although it is a darker (more adult) story. Another book which is similar in flavor is The Borrowers by Mary Norton (read my review)…a story of miniature people living beneath the floorboards of a English country home.
I may get one more book in before the end of 2008 and then I’m going to be writing up a summary of my 2008 year of reading. I read so many fantastic books this year – most by new to me authors – and I am looking forward to more great reading in 2009. I’m thinking of sitting quietly amongst my TBR stacks later and sorting through my books.
Wherever you find your yourself today, I hope it is with a good book.