July 29, 2012
Good morning! It is hard to believe we are closing in on August. My reading for July practically ground to a halt…but the books I did read were really good.
This past week I finished two books:
The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg (which was the featured book this month on the Chunkster Challenge blog) is a real doorstopper at well over 600 pages (read my review). It took me most of the month to finish this book – not because it isn’t beautifully written, but because it is so heartbreaking. I found myself having to take long breaks from the narrative because of the emotionally draining aspect of the book. This novel won the August Prize and it is easy to see why. The volume of research that went into the writing of the book is vast. Readers who love historical fiction and want to gain a better understanding of what happened in the Lodz ghetto during WWII will not want to miss this one.
I read The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber for Orange July (a special event which parallels the Orange Prize Project). This book has a quiet, understated feel to it, but I ended up really appreciating the story (read my review). I enjoyed gaining a unique perspective into pioneer history through the eyes of a courageous black woman in the beginning of the twentieth century. If you enjoy historical fiction, I can recommend this book.
I think I will be reading Gold by Chris Cleave next – it looks like a good book and one I hope I can finish before the end of the month.
I continue to find myself mostly overwhelmed with keeping up on my Google Reader as well as answering comments on my blog. I’ll be trying something new beginning this week – instead of commenting in the comment section of my blog, I’ll be responding with an email to anyone who leaves a comment. I hope this will help me to keep up and continue the conversation. Without going into too much detail, I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious health issues within my family…and because of that I’ll be heading to New Hampshire mid-August for a ten day visit. I expect that my reading will continue to suffer.
That said, I find myself spending more time in my sewing room these days – finding comfort in creating and designing quilts and bags and tiny mug rugs. I have been discovering a vibrant sewing community on line and enjoying making connections with friends who share my love of fabric. This sinking into the creative aspect of my life feels right…so if you follow my blog, you can expect to continue to see posts about my sewing which will be interspersed with book reviews, and book related posts.
I hope this summer day finds you enjoying a good book, or conversation with a friend, or exploring some undiscovered part of your creative side.