October 3, 2010
Good morning, loyal readers! It is bright, clear autumn day here in New England. We hope to get out for a couple of hours today to do some apple picking – Yum!
Well, my reading slump is officially over thanks to two fabulous books I read this week. The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle was a delightful surprise (read my review). I loved Kittle’s characters in this book and completely related to the protagonist (a middle aged veterinarian who is faced with starting over after a divorce). I am definitely putting Kittle’s previous books on my wish list for future reading.
Last night I finished the last pages of Room by Emma Donoghue which blew me away (read my review). Wow – so creative and unique. This is a book I will be thinking about from time to time – and it will be on my Best of 2010 list at the end of the year too. If all the books on the 2010 Booker short list are this good, I think the judges will have difficulty deciding on a winner.
Next up on my to-be-read pile are some fantastic looking books:
- Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahina Reiko Rizzuto (which I started last night and was immediately swept away by Rizzuto’s beautiful prose)
- Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (a novel that has been getting great reviews of late)
- Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld (which I am so excited to read given that her first novel – In Hovering Flight – was my favorite book of 2009)
- Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont (which I am embarrassingly late to review)
Have you read any o f these books? If so, what did you think?
I should also remind you that I have TWO giveaways going right now. Five signed copies of Grace by Melinda Marchiano will be given away to five lucky winners – but hurry if you want to sign up because the contest ends today at 5:00 pm EST. I am also excited to be supporting Adopt-A-Dog month by giving away a package of five dog-related books to ONE lucky winner courtesy of Hachette. To enter, check out this post no later than 5:00 pm EST on October 10th.
What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book (or two!)