June 14, 2009
Good morning, fellow readers! Today is a beautiful spring day in Northern California – the birds are singing, the sky is a brilliant blue and my porch is calling to me. I’ll be finding a comfortable chair where I can breathe in the the fresh air and settle down with my latest read a little later today after I do some much needed house cleaning and laundry.
I had a productive week of reading this last week. Tomorrow I hope you’ll come back to read my review of Beach Trip by Cathy Holton, along with a guest post by the author. If you have already read this book and want to discuss it, Lisa at Books on the Brain is hosting the Summer Reading Series and Beach Trip is the book for June. The first set of questions can be found HERE.
I finished reading The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (read my review) and cannot believe I waited months to read it after it arrived in my mailbox. It is truly a fascinating book. If you like murder mysteries and Victorian history, you might want to check this book out.
I also cruised through Malice by Lisa Jackson (read my review) and thus completed the Suspense-Thriller Challenge. This is genre fiction (murder/suspense) and as such is not intellectual literature. BUT, it is a fun read and if you’re in the mood for fast, scary reading…this one is for you!
Next up on my stacks was A Thousand Veils by D.J. Murphy (read my review). I am always a little leery of self published books…but Murphy can write and although I thought the book might have benefited from an editor, it was still a decent read. I am giving away my gently used copy of this book and you can enter the giveaway (through June 20th) by going to THIS POST. **EDITED to correct my error above – Apparently Murphy did take advantage of an editor. He writes: “[...] it was edited three times by Danelle McCafferty, who is also an editor for Nora Roberts, Tom Robbins and other bestselling authors.” My apologies for implying the book was not professionally edited!
My current read is one that has been on my TBR stacks for ages. I bought What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman when it was first released in 2007 and I am finally getting a chance to read it. Have you read anything by Lippman? So far this is a spellbinding story of an unsolved crime. Two young girls went missing thirty years earlier…and now one of them is back…or not. I am blowing through the pages of this book. Look for a review soon (probably by Tuesday).
I am planning on picking up Simon Van Booy’s collection of short stories next. And then I will be sinking into Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh which was short listed for the 2008 Booker Prize.
In other bookish news, I was thrilled to get some 40% and 50% off coupons at Barnes and Noble this week…and of course went right out and bought some new books:
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
- The Last Child by John Hart
- The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
As you can see, I am completely unable to resist collecting more books for my stacks. I also had a prolific week of review books in my mailbox (come back tomorrow to if you’re curious about that).
What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves time spent with a good book!