April 5, 2009
Good morning, fellow readers! I have been a bit more successful with my reading of late now that I have Raven on somewhat of a schedule. She now only gets up at night twice, giving me and Kip a good four hour chunk of sleep time between “potty” runs. She is getting used to taking naps in her play pen periodically which gives me some free time to get work and other things done…including blogging and reading. And she is growing fast! To see the latest photos of Raven, check out this post.
This week I finished reading The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories by Catherine Brady. If you are looking for an excellent collection of short stories to read, I can highly recommend this one. Brady knows how to develop her characters and reel the reader into her stories. Watch for a review of the book and a guest post by the author tomorrow as part of TLC Book Tours. In the meantime, see what are readers are saying about the book:
I finished reading Netherland by Joseph O’Neill yesterday (read my review). It did not live up to my expectations – I found it mostly dull and my feelings toward the characters can only be described as indifferent. That said, there are many readers who have given this book high praise (including the New York Times review staff who named it one of the top books of 2008), so don’t take my word for it. You might like it.
My current read has me hooked early on. Buffalo Lockjaw by Greg Ames is the story of James Fitzroy, a writer of greeting card taglines, who returns to his hometown on Thanksgiving to visit his aging father and his dying mother who has been diagnosed (in her fifties) with advanced Alzheimers. Having worked with individuals suffering with dementia, I was immediately drawn to the authenticity of Ames’ prose. I should finish this book in the next day or so and my review will be up shortly. Watch for a giveaway of the ARC of this book on my blog later this week!
My next read is going to be The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe which I got for Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club. Set in Salem, this novel is all about the dark history of the Salem witches. I can’t wait to dive into it.
Other books on my TBR list for this month include:
- Follow Me by Joanna Scott (for a Book Tour at the end of this month)
- Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
- The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
- In the Woods by Tana French
- Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
- The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and whatever you are doing, I hope it involves a great book!