Friday, October 9, 2009

What I'm reading

I hate to say it, but the early onslaught of winter reminds me that there is little time left in the calendar year, too little time, indeed, for me to accomplish the 25 books in a year list I had set out to achieve. That said, all is not lost because in the process of compiling my list I have found some titles that look especially enticing that I will read, eventually.
I just finished, "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb. It seemed to try and grasp at too many ideas, too many pop culture reference points. There was a lot of history I wanted to skip over, but I knew it would be one of those things that eventually gets tied into a central message, so I persevered. I didn't like the conversational style he sometimes wrote in, but I get that he was trying to bring readers into the scene. I was disappointed that it took until the last page to make its point. Sometimes, this is a really deep and dramatic way to send a message, but I think in this case I felt like I was dragging my feet to finish it, to get to the message. The end moral was a good lesson, and made more thought-evoking because of its length, I concur.
I started "The Northern Clemency," and it is interesting to be brought to 20th century England, to a relatable family that will soon have a dark secret revealed (the jacket promises). But I'm not in the mood for another drawn-out, wordy read just yet. I have put it on pause. I received, "Little Earthquakes" by Jennifer Weiner in the mail from the Whitehorse Library on loan, so I think I'll plow through it before it's due at the end of the month.
And so far, I am surprised by it. I thought it would be fluffy chick lit, typical mommy-dramas that would make me smile and think, "Oh, I've been there." But it really is high-quality, interesting writing so far. The kind of book that has so far kept me up late at night turning pages, and enraptures me further still with its intellectual choice of words.
I don't doubt I'll be done it inside a week, although we'll see ow derailing my preparation and hosting of Thanksgiving dinner is to my literary adventures.
Happy long weekend!

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