January 11, 2009
Good morning to all my loyal readers. This has been an emotional week for me with my dog Caribou falling ill on Monday. Fortunately, she has responded well to the medication we started on Wednesday and I am breathing a bit easier today. Many thanks to all of you who stopped by and left an encouraging and thoughtful comment. I am once again reminded of what an amazing community we have here.
Despite the roller coaster of emotions, I managed to finish reading Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (read my review) which was simply beautiful. I love how Petterson developed the story. This is a slowly developing novel, but one which engaged me almost from the start. I always know I am reading a memorable book when there are dozens of sticky notes protruding from the pages.
Next I picked up Breathing Out the Ghost, by Kirk Curnutt. I drifted off to sleep before reading the last 20 pages last night – and will finish it today. This book surprised me. I had thought it would simply be another psychological thriller – but Curnutt is a gifted writer and this book is deeper and darker than I had suspected when I first picked it up. I won’t be posting a review until the 19th which is when I am participating in the Book Tour for this author…so come back then to see a detailed look at this book (I will tell you I recommend reading it).
I was very honored to receive a number of blogger awards in the last week or so. And then today, Kathrin at It’s All About Books jumped in and awarded me the Premio Dardas Award (honoring bloggers who show “in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.“) Thank you, Kathrin!
Did you know that Weekly Geeks has resumed? After a short break to honor Dewey, a new site was set up and a group of bloggers is carrying on with this fun, weekly meme which is all about community. Check out yesterday’s inaugural post. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Dewey Memorial Page.
So what are you reading today? Have you finished a book yet in 2009? Wherever you are, I hope you are surrounded by people who care and lots of great books!