November 1, 2009
Good morning to all my fellow readers and bloggers. I hope you are enjoying this fall weekend…and you weren’t overly frightened by any of the little spooks wandering around your neighborhoods last night! We only had four kids…yup, just four. I guess Kip and I will have to eat all the left over candy …. bummer, huh?
I didn’t participate in the Sunday Salon last weekend because I was too exhausted from the Read-A-Thon (you can see how I did in that event by reading this post), so I’ll do a recap of all the books I have read and reviewed from the last TWO weeks:
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (read my review) – Wow, I loved this book. Erdrich’s writing is so poetic, and I loved the family saga aspect of this particular novel. I have added Erdrich to my list of “must read” authors…and she has quite a few novels published which makes me very happy!
The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano (read my review) – This was one of the books I finished during the Read-A-Thon and it was the perfect book for that event. It is paced perfectly…and even though I will agree with critics that there were some parts of the plot that stretched believability, I still found this a satisfying read.
The Cradle by Patrick Somerville (read my review) – Another book I finished during the Read-A-Thon…and another one I enjoyed. I had thought this one would be a light, romantic read…but it turned out to be a much deeper story. After reading it, I am not surprised that Bookmarks magazine listed Somerville’s novel as one of the best of the year.
Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain (read my review) – This is light, cozy mystery. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but for those readers who love a good cozy, I think you’ll find this one to be entertaining and funny.
My current read is a great book by one of my favorite authors. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving was just released this past week and it is a novel that Irving fans will love. Dense, filled with quirky and lovable characters, and written in Irving’s signature style, Last Night In Twisted River will remind readers of some of Irving’s best novels like The World According To Garp and A Prayer For Owen Meany. I should finish this one by the end of today…so watch for my review!
On my reading list for November are the following books (I don’t necessarily think I will read ALL of these, but I will be choosing my reading from this stack):
- Parts I and II of Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (have you joined this Read-A-Long?)
- Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
- Saint John of the Five Boroughs by Edward Falco
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
- Edgewise by Jan Stites
- Looking After Pigeon by Maud Carol Markson (I will be touring this book on November 12th for TLC Book Tours)
- Joe Jones by Anne Lamott
- The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
- The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
Have you read any of these books?
I also decided to pick another Random Read for the challenge. I stacked up 18 recently purchased books…and the winner was: My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates
The last thing I want to talk about is a new reading challenge called Women Unbound. Have you seen this one yet? I was really excited to get involved and have already started picking out my books. It is not too late to join – today is the first day of the challenge and it runs an entire year!
What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a GREAT book!
P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour today!