May 19, 2013
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I hope you all had a great week of reading. I had a fall at work last week (on Wednesday) when my ankle rolled and a took a header off a curb. Luckily I did not break any bones, although I abraded my knee, tore the costo-cartilage of one of my ribs and wrenched my arm so that I was pretty bruised and sore and unable to work either Thursday or Friday. With several days of rest, I’m feeling better (although not 100%) and because I can’t do much else, I’ve been reading a lot the last couple of days.
I’ve posted my review of In The Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve which is a quiet novel about several generations of immigrant Italians living in Virginia and West Virginia. I’m giving away a copy of this book to one US reader and that contest ends on Tuesday at 5:00 pm so you still have time to enter. I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of place in this book and it reminded me of a collection of linked short stories. If you like character-driven stories, you might want to give this one a try.
I also finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple which I absolutely loved (read my review)! This is such an original novel and Semple is great at writing satire. I found the characters memorable and the format witty and fun. This book made the short list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and I am a little surprised only because it seems less literary than their usual picks. But it is smart, women’s fiction and it is great to see this kind of book getting recognized by one of the big names in awards.
Later this month, I’m meeting with my newly formed face-to-face book club to discuss Semple’s novel and I think it will be a fun book for our book club.
I am less than 50 pages from finishing The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. This novel is set in Maine and centers around the Burgess family which includes brothers Jim and Bob, and their sister, Susan…along with their nephew, Zach. Strout does an amazing job with characterization – but I have to say, my feelings about this book are luke warm. Perhaps it is my mood and not the book – but it feels so bleak to me. No one seems happy. I’ll have to think about this one a bit more before writing any kind of review.
My next read will be one that has been getting some positive buzz in blogland. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is a debut novel published by the very popular Amy Einhorn Books. Set in 1923 the novel is about a New York City Police Department typist. Have you heard about this one? Have you read it? If so, what did you think?
Today is a beautiful, cool, sunshiney day in the Northern California mountains. I wish I could go for a bike ride. But, my poor body needs a bit more healing before climbing aboard a bicycle…so instead, I think I’ll find a comfy chair on the porch and finish my book. How about you? What are you doing this fine Sunday in May? Whatever it is, I hope at some point you find some time to turn some pages in a fantastic book!