Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!! The Ides of March are upon us!! What are you reading this month?? Are you reading for adventure? escape? romance? knowledge? As always our choices are many....too many books, not enough time!!
I am finally reading Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton; a tender tale about a daughter still trying for a relationship with her mother. At times, it just breaks my heart, but I haven't given up on them yet.
I'm also reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. This book, which deals with aging and our medical community, has been on my nightstand for over a year. It's an excellent read and more about living life to its fullest, but also speaks to the realities of the shortcomings of our society toward our final years. There is no cure for getting old and we all hopefully get to experience it. It is an interesting read, but I seem to only be able to read it in small bites.
Do any of you remember reading The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew? This was a debut novel by a 70-year old woman. Published in 2011, she shared her story with us on the old Bookoholics site and joked about getting a 2-book deal with her publisher. It had taken her 18 years to write her book and she wondered if she would have the time to write another. The answer is YES!! as she shared on Facebook this week,
We don't have a title yet, and of course, it will be months before publication, but I will keep you posted.
Enough of me, what are you reading this month?
I just finished The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. It took awhile to get into the story as it jumps back and forth from Afganistan today back to 100 years ago and the names are hard to follow... Khala-jan, Madar-jan, Gulnaz-jan. I still haven't quite figured out the -jan even after finishing the book... lol. But I did enjoy the story and it brought to light the plight of the Afghan women even in this day and age.
If you enjoyed The Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns, I would recommend this book as well.
Next up is Night Moves by Randy Wayne White. This is the March book in my f2f book club that I joined last fall. It is the middle book of a series so I don't expect to enjoy it but I'll give it a try...
Have any of you read this author?
Carci, I haven't read either of your authors, but I have a question for you regarding the first book. I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, but the memory of how I sobbed through the last 30 pages is still with me. Is The Pearl That Broke Its Shell as emotional a read?? I definitely intend to read it, but want to be in the right frame of mind before starting it...and may not want to take it on a plane ride. :-)
Ursula, there are definitely some sad parts in the book (cruelty and beatings) but I didn't shed any tears. The dynamic between the first, 2nd, 3rd & 4th wives was interesting. Hard to believe that women are still treated as chattel in the 21st century in that part of the world. The book is intense and enlightening but it has a good ending. I have come to see the Muslim women around our suburb in a new light.
Carolyn, Haven't read RWW before so I will try him with an open mind. Knowing you consider him a favorite gives me hope... lol.
Thanks for the tip on the next Joe Picket... have read that whole series and will put Vicious Circle on reserve at the library. :)
I am reading, and very much enjoying, No Man's Land by David Baldacci. It has occurred to me that I seem to be stuck on the same few authors over the past few months. I need to find someone new. Perhaps that will be corrected, because I just picked up News of the World by Paulette Jiles from the library. I had read a brief blurb about it in my newspaper and it sounded interesting. So I put it on hold. For some reason, however, I was left with the impression (perhaps it was the title) that it was a work of non-fiction. But I see it is a tiny novel, barely 200 pages long. Interesting. I hope the book is, as well.
Loved News of the World, Lourach, and I went on to read a couple more by the same author. While the story is based on an actual person, the story itself is fiction, I believe. With the way news travels today at lightning speed, I thought it was fascinating to think people had to wait for someone to read the news to them 'back in the day'. But then I realized that most people couldn't read themselves...
I have Fatal on hold at my library. I understand from the review it is a stand alone and not in the Dismas Hardy series. I have probably read nearly every novel Lescroart has written, and there have been lots of them.
I started The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult about 2 days ago. It is a WWII novel which is hard to read and hard to put down... very factual account of Auschwitz conditions in the second half of the book. My sister tells me there is a twist at the end of the book which seems to be trademark Picoult these days.
Has anyone else read this?