January 25, 2009
It is a cold day here in Northern California and the trees are laden with heavy snow and ice. I am looking forward to reading and relaxing.
Last week I spent several days doing absolutely nothing but recovering from a nasty flu. I was so sick, I did not even want to read. Had I not been ill, I would have finished my latest book – Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – midweek. Instead I read nonstop Friday and Saturday, knocking off nearly 400 pages in two days and finished the novel late yesterday. Wow. Have any of you read this Gothic tale? I loved it (read my review). Waters is so skilled at setting scene and atmosphere – and in Fingersmith her unnerving plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat.
Previous to Fingersmith, I finished reading After the Floods which is largely mystical realism. I am not a huge fan of that genre – but I give kudos to author Bruce Henricksen for his beautiful prose. This guy can write…and had I liked the genre better, I would have given the book a higher rating. Either way, it was worth the read and I am happy the author sent me his book (read my review).
I cracked open The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker last night. This is Baker’s debut novel and was released earlier this month through Hachette Book Group. This book is about an oversized woman living in a small town. I am only 45 pages into the book, so I don’t have a lot to say about plot…but I am loving the characters. Baker reminds me of a female John Irving in that her characters are quirky and the reader feels like they are people she knows. I think I am going to really like this book – stay tuned for a review by Wednesday.
Did any of you catch my guest post/book tour for Kirk Curnutt’s book Breathing Out the Ghost last Monday? If not, you can read the review here, and the book tour post here (which includes a meditation by the author about missing children). Curnutt’s book has been getting universally good reviews. And if you are one of those cynical people who think it is only because the book is on tour, think again…this is a really well-written and gripping novel. Really.
I have decided to start a new feature on Caribousmom called Noteworthy News. I don’t know how frequently I’ll be posting these…but whenever I have enough links or newsworthy thoughts, you’ll see them.
Are there any books you are looking forward to reading before the month cycles to its close? Here is what is in my pile to pick from:
- In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld
- A Thousand Veils by D. J. Murphy
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- Digging to America by Anne Tyler
- Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid
- Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
Which would you pick if you could only choose two?
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a good book. Have a wonderful week!