September 12, 2010
Wow, I am late posting this today! First of all, I slept until 9:30 this morning – it is gray and threatening rain here on the East coast – and the bed felt good. Second, I ended up climbing into bed with Paula this morning so we could both read side by side. Paula finished reading Laura Lippman’s latest book I’d Know You Anywhere – a new author for her and she really loved the book, despite a less than dramatic ending (a teeny bit of a disappointment there). I have enjoyed Lippman’s previous novels, so I am looking forward to reading this one too at some point.
I blew through the last 250 pages of The Search by Nora Roberts – a very pleasant surprise since I have been reluctant to read Roberts’ books as I had always thought of them as “romance” only. The Search is fast paced, with great characters. I’ll be posting a review soon…but I will tell you, this one is going to get a pretty high rating from me and I might have to seek out more of Roberts’ books in the future!
In other reading this week, I finished reading the debut novel The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart. This is an amazing novel – I really loved it (read my review) and I predict you’ll be seeing this one on the prize lists in 2011. Machart’s prose is evocative and lyrical – and his non-linear style really worked for me.
I also raced through Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart (read my review) which definitely did not disappoint. I had not read any books by Kephart, but had heard so many wonderful things about her writing. They are all true. If you have not yet picked up one of her novels, you should consider doing so. Dangerous Neighbors is a slim book, but packs an emotional punch. Although geared toward young adults, it will also appeal to an older audience.
Paula and I have had a great time reading together and discussing books. Earlier this past week I posted an interview style review of Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – Paula loves the series, and really enjoyed the book. I hope to do more of these kinds of reviews in the coming weeks!
I am dipping in and out of Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery by teen author Melinda Marchiano. This is an honest and heartfelt memoir, but I admit that I am struggling a bit with the early part when Marchiano first gets diagnosed and begins chemotherapy. It is a little close to home right now…so I am reading it in bits and pieces while reading other, more “light” books.
So what is next on the pile?
Never Wave Goodbye by Doug Magee is a debut suspense-thriller which I agreed to tour at the end of this month. I think I will also be offering a giveaway of the book – so stay tuned. I also think this will be a quick read!
I’ve also decided to start reading The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg – I have heard some great things about Eisenberg’s prose, and I am in the mood to read some short stories. Stay tuned for my thoughts on them as I read through this chunky collection.
I’m planning to do a little grocery shopping later, and tonight is pizza night here! I think we’ll also rent a movie…so should be a relaxing and fun evening.
What are YOUR plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope they involved a great book!