April 4, 2010
Good morning, and to those who celebrate it…Happy Easter. It is a gloomy day here with dark clouds threatening rain. I have been longing for some sunshine over the last few days, but I guess I will have to wait at least another day or two before I get it!
Since my last Sunday Salon, I’ve managed to read two books and start a third.
I completed One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (read my review) which I had been very curious about since it arrived via a Shelf Awareness offer several weeks ago. This is a quick read, and although it did hold my attention, the ending left me unsatisfied. Divakaruni writes beautiful prose, and I could see her comfort as a writer has been rooted in short stories…for these reasons, I would like to read a collection of her stories someday. Have you ever read anything by this author?
Yesterday I blew through the last 150 pages of Sarah Waters’ Gothic novel The Little Stranger (read my review). Although the beginning dragged a bit for me, the latter part of the book was riveting. I have yet to be disappointed by a Waters’ novel. In The Little Stranger, she deviates from her Victorian age plots and sets the reader down in rural England in the late 1940s. Some people have been calling this book a ghost story, and although there are ghostly happenings, I would not necessarily put this into the ghost story category. Forced to classify it, I would say it is a Gothic mystery.
Before drifting off to sleep last night, I managed to read nearly 40 pages of The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. This book was short listed for the 2009 Booker Prize, and I have heard mixed things about it. Some readers love the novel, calling it beautifully crafted, while others have complained it is dull. So far, I am not finding it dull…but it is far too early for me to make a judgment on this book. Stay tuned for a review later in the week.
I would love to spend the day reading, but unfortunately I have to deal with taxes today. I am far behind this spring in pulling together receipts and necessary paperwork, and time is running out. So I’ll be crunching numbers for several hours, in between doing laundry. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get a couple of hours at the end of the day to read further in Mawer’s novel.
What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope there is time at some point for a great book!