August 21, 2011
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I started my vacation (really a “stay-cation” as I am not going anywhere!) on Friday and hope to have lots of reading time in the next week. Before I start talking about books, I just want to remind those readers who also are interested in the art of quilting to check out the Sew You Wanna Quilt? series which is posting each Friday (and some Saturdays). So far I have covered Tools of the Trade, Creating a Quilting Space, Fabric Obsession and Books and Inspiration. This Friday I will be talking about choosing your first project.
Okay, so on to books!
I finished reading Steinbeck: A Life in Letters and posted my review here. Wow, this was really an amazing book on many levels. It is not a “fast read” but it is a compelling read which surprised me because it is solely made up of letters which John Steinbeck wrote over the course of his life. The letters are insightful, funny, and deeply personal…the result of which is a profound look inside the mind and life of a great writer. As you can probably tell from this gushing paragraph – I highly recommend this one. Many thanks to the Classics Circuit who motivated me to finally read this one after more than two years of it sitting on my shelf collecting dust!
I blew through By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (read my review) and found myself with some mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, Cunningham can write. His prose is so observant and current, and he quickly pulls the reader into the lives of his characters. On the other hand, I really did not like any of the characters – they are largely self-absorbed and superficial people, and I wanted to throttle Peter. But, even with my dislike of the characters, I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen. I can recommend this book with some reservations. Sensitive readers may not like some of the sexual undertones, but if you can look past that you will find an intriguing human study of marriage, love, and identity. I am really looking forward to the discussion on this book which is happening over at Nicole’s blog this Tuesday as part of BOOK CLUB.
My current read is a thriller by Gordon Reece. Mice is a book where the predator becomes the prey. Does that not intrigue you? I expect to read this very quickly – so watch for a review soon! I am also eager to begin reading Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger – another thriller that looks like a fun ride.
Other books in the queue for this week are:
- The River of Forgetting by Jane Rowan
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
What about you? What is in YOUR stacks this week. Whatever it is, I hope it is something that carries you away and delights you!