March 1, 2009
I missed last week’s Salon – so this week I am playing catch up. It is a dark, rainy day today – so I will not be going out and I will be trying to catch up on my reading which continues to be rather slow.
I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s wonderful short story collection Unaccustomed Earth (read my review). Lahiri has an effortless writing style that draws the reader in immediately. I am looking forward to reading her other works soon.
Next up was Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I must admit, I expected to absolutely love this book…but I ended up a bit disappointed (read my review). Don’t get me wrong – Harris is a gifted writer with a talent for writing beautiful, descriptive prose…but the story itself lacked something for me. I have not seen the movie, but from what I hear it was wonderful so perhaps I should rent it. I will give Harris another try one of these days.
My current read is The Islands of Divine Magic by John Addiego. I was sent this book from Unbridled Books and it is a thought-provoking generational read about an Italian family. The best way to describe it is as a novel in short stories. I plan on finishing the book today and should have a review posted by mid-week.
I was alerted to a cool site through Kerrie’s blog Mysteries in Paradise. If you go to the stimator site, it will calculate the value of your blog. I tried to post the results graphically by copying the code they gave me, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I wasn’t clear on what all the numbers meant, but the one that got my attention was $11,619 which apparently is what my blog is worth. I also ran the numbers for A Novel Challenge blog and discovered its worth to be $15, 214. I’ll be waiting for the check to arrive any day now!
And while I’m talking about Kerrie’s wonderful blog, I should also mention that she recognized Caribousmom with the Your Blog Is Fabulous award. THANK YOU, Kerrie – so is yours!! If you haven’t checked out Kerrie’s blog, don’t wait to do so. She is the queen of mystery reviews.
Have you seen that the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize has announced its 2009 short lists? I love these lists…especially because I am reading for the 2009 Orbis Terrarum Challenge (which starts today) AND for the Lost in Translation Challenge (which began January 1st) AND for my own personal challenge to read around the world. Here are some of the books which caught my eye on the short lists:
- Say You’re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan (which I have sitting on my TBR mountain) – short listed for Best First Book (Africa)
- Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (which I just read in February) – short listed for Best Book (Europe and South Asia)
- The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (which I read in January…here is my review) – short listed for Best First Book (South East Asia and the Pacific)
- The Boat, by Nam Le (which I have on my TBR mountain) – short listed for Best First Book (South East Asia and the Pacific)
There are some other books on there that look interesting as well. What about you? Do you like when the prize lists come out? Any on these lists that caught your attention?
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a good book. Have a wonderful week!