I should be napping right now but I'm feeling quite bloggy...
I've been meaning to start a blog book club of some sort. I'll get to that one day, I'm sure.
For now, here's what I've been reading as of late:
Shannon Hale: I'm sorry to say that I hated Goose Girl and couldn't get through it. It's not really my favorite genre, even though I really liked Princess Academy. I'm sorry. I did go ahead and read Austenland and LOVED it. My favorite thing, though? The dedication page, which reads: "To Colin Firth. You're a really great guy, but I'm a happily married woman. Let's just be friends." This lady gets me. A Book of 1000 Days is still on my request list at the library.
Anne Tyler: I read "Back When We Were Grownups" on the car ride to Utah and loved it. She's an excellent storyteller and the book drew me in pretty quickly. It was a little anti-climactic because I kept waiting for the main character to do something specific, but it never turned out. Oh, well. still a good book. I started to read "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" while in Colorado, but couldn't take it with me and it wasn't on the shelf at the library so it'll have to wait. It looked promising, though. I've got "Breathing Lessons" in my lap and ready to crack open the minute I finish this blog.
Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns. I just finished this one a couple days ago and it left me breathless. I was glad to have Austenland to follow it up with because the subject of "suns" is a little heavy. But the author writes so fluidly and uses just enough detail to paint the scene, but not so much that you're overwhelmed and have to put the book down. It's a very fine line, I think, and I was impressed with how he walked right up to it but never seemed to cross it. I haven't read "Kite Runner" because I was a bit afraid of how I'd handle the subject matter (same with "Suns"), but now that I've read "Suns" I think I'll be able to handle Kite Runner.
So on my to read list is:
These is My Words
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
1776 (which I've started before and want to buckle down and read)
(the last two are basically being forced upon me by my husband who claims they've changed his life...But I'm up for anything).
Peace Like a River (which is Michelle's and I've had it sitting on my nightstand since January and I can't bring myself to read it because it's in PRISTINE condition and I don't want to be the one to crack the binding...Michelle, how do your books look so great after you're done reading them???)
And last - BUT NOT LEAST! - is Breaking Dawn. Be still my soul. I can't wait for that book to come out.
If you have any suggestions of books to add to my list, please feel free!