July 19, 2009
This is turning out to be a very slow reading month for me – perhaps it is the triple digit temperatures which just make me want to sit in front of a fan and drink lemonade, or maybe it is my new quilting obsession, or the fact that I had visitors in the first part of the month…but I have only finished two books so far. Lucky for me, they have been great books.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh got a five-star review from me – one of the few five star books I have read this year. I loved this sprawling historical novel (my first by this author) and am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. Does anyone know when the second book is due to be published?
Next up was a book which I have been talking about reading for what seems like months now. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a terrific book (read my review), although I almost gave up on it in the first 50 pages. I’m glad I continued reading. Have you ever had that experience? You start reading a book and feel like it is something you are not going to like, but you keep reading and it ends up being one of the best books of the year?
Last night I picked up Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan. I heard this author speak at last year’s San Jose Book Group Expo and bought her book because of her talk (she autographed it for me too). The novel is loosely based on the author’s own experience of having a childhood friend murdered by her friend’s mother. I breezed through the first 65 pages of the book last night before going to bed, so I think this is going to be a quick read for me. So far the writing is living up to my theory that journalists are truly gifted novelists.
I need to also read at least two more books to complete The Themed Challenge by the end of the month. It is so embarrassing that I sponsored this challenge and may not even finish it!
And of course, there are stacks of review books pleading from the shelves and inflicting guilt on my psyche.
What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a good book!