July 25, 2010
Good morning! I did not want to get out of bed this morning…I would have liked to just stay put, catching up on my sleep, reading a bit…but, I overcame the inertia and here I am with my cup of coffee, ready to talk about books.
Although I do not have any reviews to share with you this week, I have been reading. I finished 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan which I am touring tomorrow for TLC Book Tours (follow the link to find reviews of this book). Wow, I really liked this book set in the late 19th century which is based on a true murder case in New York City. Horan captures the time period beautifully, and the murder trial held me spellbound. Look for a full review of the book tomorrow.
I am currently reading two books at the same time – a change in my reading habits. I don’t normally read two books at once, but lately I have been doing just that. Weird, huh? Anyway, I am about half way through I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson which is due for release next month. I’m reading this one for a Spotlight Series tour of Graywolf Press and will have my review up on Wednesday for that tour. I am not being blown away by I Curse the River of Time as I was with Petterson’s previous work (read my review of Out Stealing Horses). It is a slow, meditative read and perhaps I am just not in the mood for that kind of writing right now. But, I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve finished the book.
I am also making good headway on Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen which is narrated from the point of view of a precocious twelve year old whose mother has gone missing. I was immediately captivated by Shenny’s voice which is cynical, funny, and endearing. I hope to get a review up for this book by Tuesday.
So what’s up next in my stacks? Well, I am participating in two Yahoo groups whose August pick is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This book is a chunkster at nearly 700 pages, so I think I need to start it soon. Although, some of my reading friends have loved the book so much they told me they breezed through it in just a few days. I’m hoping that will be my experience as well!
I have also been quilting lately. I love sitting down at the sewing machine and watching scraps of fabric become something beautiful. I’ve been finishing up projects and starting a couple of new ones. My latest completed quilt is a zig zag quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop collection. I hand-stitched the binding last night and it is washed and ready to photograph…Look for some pictures later today! In progress are two more quilts – one a baby quilt for a friend’s daughter who is having her first child very, very soon; the other is a surprise for a family member so I can’t say any more about it here!
I hope wherever you are, you are enjoying the day and finding a great book to read. Have a wonderful week!