July 12, 2009
Good morning! I had wanted to sleep in a little, but a certain puppy decided she wanted to play with her loudest squeak toy in the box at 6 o’clock this morning and it soon became apparent that sleep was out of the question.
My sister and niece left California last Sunday, and Kip has been in Kentucky helping an elderly relative move…so it has been a little quiet here this week. The animals and I have been keeping each other company, but we are looking forward to Kip coming home this evening.
I started reading The Elegance of The Hedgehog the first part of the month, but then switched to Sea of Poppies when I realized I was supposed to be running the discussion of that book on one of my Yahoo groups (whoops!). It seems to be taking me forever to read this book – but not because I am not liking it. It is one of those chunky, sagas with lots of characters and plot lines that eventually come together…and I love that kind of book. Amitav Ghosh is a wonderful story-teller and he is doing something I have never successfully seen done in a book before, yet he manages to pull it off and make it work: he uses LOTS of dialect and strange words and weird sentence structures. At first it distracted me, but it then became almost musical, a sort of accompaniment to the story itself. And it is all in context, so I do not need to look at the lengthy “dictionary” of all the strange words at the back of the book to understand their meaning. I stayed up late last night reading and will finish the book today…so watch for my review by tonight or tomorrow.
I plan to pick up The Elegance of the Hedgehog again today. And then I need to get busy and read three books to finish The Themed Challenge (which I am hosting) before the end of the month:
- Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris
- The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti
- Between Here and April, by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think?
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it involves a great book. Have a wonderful week!