My reading has slowed down, but I’m still trying to do a little bit every day. I find that I always read fiction with ease, but tend to be slow with anything else, no matter the subject.
When we got here and did not have much to amuse ourselves with, we went to the discount book store and chose the most interesting ones we found. In the end, the books I have read were not necessarily my first choice, but I appreciated them all!
The books I have read in the last two months and three weeks:
I have added brief comments about them, but please bear in mind that I am no book reviewer!
- Firefly Lane: Kristin Hannah - This book got me to the point of tears. I have always wanted a friendship like this book describes.
- Broken For You: Stephanie Kallos - It takes place in Seattle, I'd love to visit there. It brings up interesting thoughts about war-time stolen art and the meaning for "family."
- Ford County: John Grisham - A collection of short stories. You hate to like his characters, and sometimes you laugh. He is always a great writer.
- Remedy: Anne Marsella - I chose this because it is about an American living in another country. It also partially inspired me to start belly dancing!
- The Night Ferry: Michael Robotham - This book was intriguing, and I appreciated how it treated the subject of human trafficking.
- Hello, Heartbreak: Amy Huberman - This book made me laugh (contrary to what the title might imply) and I was relieved that I have been with my hubby as long as we have been.
- Things to Make and Mend: Ruth Thomas - Speaks to the distance between mothers and daughters and how we can always rise above crises in our lives.
- Agnes and the Hitman: Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer - Everything happens in this book. I admire the main character's ability to have an open door in her house.
The three books (below) by the same author were chosen because I have not read a series since Sweet Valley High, and I wanted to enjoy some continuity across books. The books are about a private investigator and read like "pulp" fiction.
The book I am currently reading is called TheTipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I’m about a third of the way through it. I find it interesting how much he relies on research in psychology. The guy living in the granny flat behind us lent it to me, along with several others by Gladwell. The next books I’ll read are Blink and Outliers.
I love the feel and smell of books. I love the potential they hold. I tend to always have too many books, and most I haven’t read. After this move to Africa, I really am tempted to just rely on libraries. I love them. I’m the daughter of a librarian. I have not been to my local one here, I’m expecting to have difficulties and will need my husband with me. You tend to need a copy of your housing lease to sign up for almost anything important, and his name is the only one on it!
My other option is to get an e-reader like the “nook color.” I like it the best because it has wifi and 3G capabilities, unlike some out there.
What is the last book you read? Did you like it? Do you have an e-reader? I would love to hear any recommendations for books or e-readers! Please post!!
Song of the day: Inspired by the West Wing episode we watched today, the one that followed 9/11/2001.
“For What it's Worth” by Buffalo Springfield