February 12, 2012
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I am very happy to report that my huge reading slump which lasted all of January now seems to be over – yahoo! I am reading some wonderful books this month which I cannot wait to share with you.
I finished reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding which lived up to my expectations (read my review). This classic novel is being discussed in my Bookies Too Yahoo book club and I think it makes an excellent discussion book. Golding explores the question of morality and the breakdown of civilization in the book…and it gets a little emotionally rough in places. I only vaguely remember my thoughts of the novel when I first read it as a teenager, but as an adult it made a big impression. There is a lot of symbolism in Lord of the Flies which makes it a novel that would, I think, stand up very well to a re-read. Have you read this classic?
My next read was a novella by Tina Egnoski. In the Time of the Feast of Flowers is really a coming of age story about two teenage girls growing up in Florida during the mid-1970s (read my review). Having graduated from High School in 1978, there was much I could relate to in this very well written book. Egnoski won the 2010 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for this one, and it is easy to see why. She writes beautifully.
Have you ever read the first two pages of a book and know immediately you will love it? That is what happened for me when I began reading Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips. Some time ago I bought Phillips’ debut (The Well and The Mine) and am now more motivated than ever to read it. This latest novel is set in New Mexico and revolves around an archeologist named Ren. Ren has an unusual gift of being able to communicate with the dead – or maybe I should say, they communicate with her – and she is led to uncover the life of a woman, an artist, who lived in prehistoric times. But the book is deeper than all of that – it is about loss and recovery, and letting go of the past to move on with with our lives. The writing is wonderful. The character development is paced perfectly. I am 2/3rds of the way through and should finish the novel today…so watch for my review. Have any of you managed to get a copy of this one yet? It was released last month through Riverhead.
I have no idea what my next read will be – I am letting my mood guide my book choices these days – but I have a feeling it might be a light, genre read. We’ll see…
Today is a gorgeous day in Northern California. My hubby and I are heading over to a friend’s house for lunch and I don’t imagine I will have a lot of time to just kick back today. What about you? Are you doing anything fun? Whatever it is, I do hope you will have time, at some point, to enjoy a great book!