Thursday, September 1, 2011

Overdue Books

One facet in which I have not strayed from routine this summer is my reading list. Over the last few weeks I have been turning some pages voraciously and struggling to keep turning pages in others. I have remained committed to my new year's resolution to only read recommended reading this year, and it was a bit of a stretch to pick up Andrew Pyper's Wildfire Season.
It doesn't seem like the type of book I'd normally pick up: a thriller mystery about forest fires and arson. The recommendation came from a few people at the book store who learned I had lived in Ross River. "Oh, have you read Wildfire Season then? You HAVE to!" The story, you see, is set in Ross River.
Pyper describes with great accuracy and anthropology the characters and setting of the local bar, the town's social ills, and the locale as an unofficial settling place for people without roots but with plenty of quirks. The story wasn't worthy of a Pulitzer, but I enjoyed being transported back to that quirky little Kaska village where we spent two years of our lives.
I couldn't finish Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, try as I may. I started and re-started it several times before I put my foot down and declared that life was too short for struggling through books for which I don't much care.
I read Jaycee Dugard's chilling account of being held captive as a sex slave for 18 years, A Stolen Life. After reading Room in four short days, I knew I would appreciate another good look at the depths of the human experience and the creepy lows to which one can stoop. Dugard's true-life tale was haunting, and I raced through it in three days in part to get it over with (and decrease the amount of time the story spent at the forefront of my thoughts) and partly to get to the happy ending.
I read Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, because I was moved to body-shaking sobs when I saw him perform his lecture on the Oprah show years ago. The book was anti-climactic after that and left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I felt bad for thinking of a deceased man as arrogant in his own memoir, but that's how he came across, page after page. I wish I would have stuck with the youtube video.
Yesterday at work I went on a little shopping spree and bought y next few reads: Katheryn Stockett's The Help, as recommended by everyone ever, Velma Wallis' Two Old Women, as recommended by an elder in Ross River years ago, and Todd Burpo's Heaven is for Real.
I'm taking The Help with me to Ottawa tomorrow, as I vacation at home for a week to celebrate my friend's wedding next week! For the first time, Abby will be a flower girl and I will be a bridesmaid. So exciting!
So pardon any lapse in posts over the next week, I'll try my best to keep up with my commitment to routine posting!


  1. Two Old Women is a wonderful book!!

    I will have to try a few of the books you just listed. Although, I should finish the three I am working on right now!!


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