May 15, 2011
Brrrrr, winter is back!! It is frigidly cold here and due to stay that way for at least another couple of days. We may even see snow today…crazy, right? Perfect weather to hunker down with a good book!
Since my last Sunday Salon post my reading has been interrupted by trying to get my new desktop computer up and running. While I was back in New Hampshire, our old computer died and I’ve been limited to my laptop until we could get a new one. Like all things technical, there were issues when I tried to get things working. Microsoft’s virus protection kept interfering with my AVG until I just uninstalled the darn thing. There were synchronization issues, and everything was running really slow…but after hours of troubleshooting, I think I have things mostly working the way they should. Now I have to get the new all-in-one printer working! Wish me luck.
Okay, so despite my computer woes, I’ve read some good books this week. I published my review of Wrecker by Summer Wood – a terrific book with some really lovable characters and a great message about what a family is (and no, it is not your standard definition which is just one thing I loved about this book). I don’t think I have seen a bad review of this one yet…and so I am especially happy to offer U.S. or Canadian readers to my blog the opportunity to win a copy of it. Just go to the review post and scroll down and leave me a comment – but hurry, the contest closes tomorrow at 5:00 pm PST.
My next read really blew me out of the water. The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom was first published in Australia and has been getting some pretty amazing press…all well deserved. Despite the bleakness of the setting, and characters which were hard to love, this book got a five star review from me for its pitch-perfect writing and execution of the story and themes. I really can’t say enough good things about it, other then you should read it. If you are planning to attend the Armchair BEA next week, you may even get a chance to win a copy as I am providing one as an Armchair BEA Sponsor.
I needed a little less intense read after Goldbloom’s book, and decided to pick up one that I bought when it first came out last autumn. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman is another good novel by this talented author (read my review). I like how Lippman has structured her suspense-thrillers to feel a bit literary in style – and this novel is well executed. A psychological thriller, it centers around a kidnap/rape victim who is contacted years later by her attacker as he is sitting on death row. Due to the generosity of the publisher, I’m happy to offer THREE people the chance to win either this book or The Girl In The Green Raincoat (also by Lippman). Check out the giveaway post for details.
My current read is a biography which I am reading for BOOK CLUB. The Convert by Deborah Baker will be discussed on Nicole’s blog this Tuesday. I am really looking forward to dissecting this book with the group (if you are interested in joining in on future reads, check out the offering in June before the end of the day on Wednesday, May 18th). Back in the early 60s Margaret Marcus, a Jewish girl from a New York City suburb, became Maryam Jameelah, a convert to Islam. She moved to Pakistan where she was welcomed into the home of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, a man who laid the foundation for militant extremism. Baker uses letters written by Maryam as a basis for her biography. I am not too far into this book, but I am finding it fascinating so far. I hope to have it finished and a review up by Tuesday.
Next up in my stacks, I think, will be The London Train by Tessa Hadley which I am touring later this month for TLC Book Tours.
How about you? What good books have you read recently? What’s next up in your stacks?
Happy reading and have a great week!