February 13, 2011
Good morning and happy Sunday to all of you!
I had a good week of reading and have some books to give away too. If you read my post last week, you know I finished reading Small Wars by Sadie Jones – well, my review is now up. I really appreciated this elegantly written novel about the impact of war on relationships. Set in Cyprus in 1956, the book centers around the EOKA revolt against British rule…but it does so by taking a hard look at one man, an officer in the British military, and how he must struggle with his own moral convictions in the face of war, and how that struggle effects his marriage. Jones is a wonderful writer.
I also blew through A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer which is an edge-of-your-seat medical and political thriller (read my review). The author has graciously agreed to give away a signed hardcover of the book – you can enter for a chance to win by visiting this post (giveaway ends February 17th at 5:00 pm PST). I don’t read a ton of genre fiction, but when I do I like it to be entertaining…and Palmer’s newest novel fits the bill.
I am currently reading a very interesting book which is sort of a combination of literary fiction and murder mystery. Charles Jessold, Considered As a Murderer by Wesley Stace combines the author’s two areas of expertise: writing and music. The book opens with a murder-suicide, and then slips back in time so that Leslie Shepherd, a friend of the murderer as well as a music critic, tells the story of the gifted composer, Charles Jessold. Interestingly, this novel was inspired by the real-life story of Carlo Gesualdo, a composer whose biography (written by Cecil Gray) was entitled Carlo Gesualdo Considered as a Murderer. It took me a few pages to get into the style of the book which is very literary…but now that I’m there, I’m hooked. Watch for a review (and another giveaway) towards the middle of the week.
Thank you to all who weighed in on what my next read should be. I’ve decided to go with The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein (in part because I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewer program and I have been remiss in reviewing books sent to me through this program!). Then I am planning to pick up a book for a TLC Book Tour: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich. I hope I can get through both of these books by the end of the week! I am planning to give away a copy of Erdrich’s book as well…so stay tuned for details on that.
I also want to mention that I am hosting a giveaway of Michelle Moran’s newest historical fiction novel: Madame Tussaud. This is an international giveaway and includes not only a signed hardcover edition of the book, but also a pair of Marie Antoinette earrings. To enter and to learn more about the book, visit this post (giveaway is open through February 20th at 5:00 pm PST). I hope to read this book before the month ends, and I hope I love it as much as I’ve loved Moran’s previous novels!
Finally, I managed to write a recap post for my 2010 year long Reading For A Cure project. This project was near and dear to my heart, and I am grateful to all those individuals who made it successful. I had no idea when I first envisioned this project that I would be dealing with cancer within my own family – just another example of what I consider serendipity – or, in other words, we are drawn to what we need to do without always understanding why. I have some ideas for future projects, but need a little time to re-group before organizing my thoughts into action. For those of you who have ever considered doing something like this on your own blog, I want to encourage you to go forward. I had no idea what to expect, or whether or not anyone at all would be interested…but I went ahead with my plans, learned a lot and helped make a difference in children’s lives. It may be only a small blip on the screen, but if everyone made a small blip, we would see wonderful things happening.
I hope you have a awesome day planned, and that perhaps it involves a great book. Have a terrific week!!!