September 5, 2010
It is hard to believe we are already watching September days slip by. I arrived in New Hampshire this week and it has been good to be here. The first three days the temperatures were in the 90s with very high humidity, but yesterday and this morning we have been treated to sunny, dry, cool weather and the smell of fall is in the air.
I finished Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette (read my review) and found it to be sweet, well written women’s fiction. I liked how Bessette wove multiple characters throughout her story and allowed us to hear from the protagonist’s deceased husband through his emails to her prior to his death. I have a feeling that readers are going to really like Bessette, and I predict we’ll hear more from this debut author in the future.
My current read is a good one. The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart is a Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club selection. When I requested it, I thought the author’s name sounded familiar…but this is his first novel, so I wasn’t sure how I knew him. Then it hit me – I read a short story by him in Glimmer Train way back in 2007. I noted in my thoughts about that story (Among the Living Amidst the Trees) that Machart was skilled at character development and wrote prose with vivid imagery. That is accurate for The Wake of Forgiveness too. This is an intense novel which is very much character driven. I’ll have a full review up soon as I am less than 60 pages from the finish.
Next up on my to-read pile are two books:
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart which is a novel set against the back drop of the Philadelphia Centennial fair of 1876. I am eager to dip into this book as I have long been a reader of Beth’s blog, and also had the pleasure of meeting her in person this past May at the BEA.
Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery by Melinda Marchiano is a memoir written by a teenager who is a survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma. This is Marchiano’s first book, and if it reflects this teen’s exuberant personality (which I have gotten glimpses of through her emails and photos), then I have a feeling it is going to be a great read.
Today is going to be a low-key kind of day…I’m planning on doing a little laundry, maybe dropping out to the store to pick up some corn on the cob for dinner (we’re going to grill some steak later), and hanging out with my sister and niece. What are YOUR plans today? Whatever they are, I hope they involve a great book!