January 13, 2013
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This week flew by for me. It has been exceptionally cold here in Northern California and yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday by going cross country skiing up at Lassen Park (a national park only a few minutes east of us). It was a perfect, blue sky day and although it was brisk, we enjoyed the powdery snow conditions and gorgeous views.
A couple of things I want to remind readers about before I talk about my reading for the week:
- Chunky Book Club – We are currently voting on the books we will read and discuss in 2013. Please visit this post to learn about the nominated books, then vote in the right sidebar of the blog. You may vote for up to four books. We will close voting on the 20th, at which time I’ll put together a reading schedule for the top vote-getters. In the case of a tie, we’ll have a run off vote.
- Chunkster Challenge – Readers may sign up any time during the year. Go to this post to sign up and learn more about the challenge.
This week I finished reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (read my review). Like all of Morton’s books, this one did not disappoint me. The novel is written in multiple points of view and moves back and forth in time from WWII to present day. I really loved the mystery encapsulated in the novel…and the surprise ending. If you have yet to read a book by this author, this would be a great dip into her work.
Last night I finished reading All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky (read my review). I’ve read previous books by this French author who was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942, and this novel is similar in scope and style as her previous books. I really enjoyed All Our Worldly Goods – the writing is poignant (and the translation is well done), and I was once again left with a sense of awe in Irene Nemirovsky’s insight which was needed to capture history as it was unfolding in her lifetime. Readers who love translated fiction and who have not yet read books by this author, really should give her a try. You can see my reviews of Suite Francaise and Fire in the Blood here and here.
My current read is a collection of short stories by Edward Belfar. I’m reading Wanderers: Stories for a TLC Book Tour on January 21st. You can catch other reviews of this book by visiting the TLC Book Tour page and following the links. So far I have only read the first story in the collection, and I enjoyed it. Most of the stories are set in Africa and follow characters who “struggle to navigate geographical and emotional terrain that they find unrecognizable as they search for hope, redemption, and love.”
So, I am off to a good start in books for the new year. How about you? Is your reading taking you to some great places so far in 2013?
Later today I’m shutting myself into my sewing room to work on some unfinished projects (of which I have too many to count!). I am looking forward to a day of creating. I hope you have a nice day planned and that, perhaps, it involves a great book!