August 8, 2010
We are having just gorgeous weather here in Northern California…especially at our house up in the mountains. I wish I could take a week off of work to just laze around and enjoy it; but, alas, work is busier than ever. Today I am planning on spending a good portion of the afternoon just reading – a luxury I have not had for a few weeks now. I am also working on a couple of quilts that I would like to finish in the next couple of weeks.
Since my last Sunday Salon post, I have mostly been reading just one book. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is a huge, sprawling, wonderful family saga (read my review). Verghese’s writing immediately reminded me of John Irving’s novels…and then I discovered that, in fact, Verghese has been much influenced by Irving. At any rate, I now have to add Abraham Verghese to my list of “don’t miss” authors. His ability to create characters, along with his exceptional story telling, makes this book one I can highly recommend.
I also quickly read through a book of Henry David Thoreau’s quotations which was compiled by Kenny Luck and illustrated by Jay Luke and Ren Adams. Thumbing Through Thoreau would make a great addition to any library (read my review).
I started reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey last night. Up until now, I had only seen the movie starring Jack Nicholson (never read the book). Based on the movie, I had expected to have the book narrated from the point of view of Randle Patrick McMurphy…but instead, it is Chief Bromden who tells the tale. So far, I am completely enjoying this classic.
I have a mountainous stack of books on my bedside table. And I have no set plan on what will be up next. Lately, I have been choosing books more on whim and mood when I can…it is nice to have some part of my life that is not completely planned out! Here is a (small) sampling of books that may find their way into my current read pile this month:
- Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
- Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont
- The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser
- The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace
- Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg
- Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette
- The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
- The Pages by Murray Bail
- City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris
- The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
- What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman
- The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby
- The Doctor and The Diva by Adrienne McDonnell
- Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
- The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
- Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore
By the way, I have a book giveaway going right now and you still have time to enter…click on this link to find more information on Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright and to learn how to get a chance to win a hardcover copy of her book (contest closes August 12th at 5:00 PM PST).
What are YOUR plans today? Do any of them involve a great book?