Good reads   9 comments

No more talk about the evil S word, or even the big W word.  I am ignoring it all.

I thought I would give you a quick update on what I have been reading.  I think I mentioned My Brilliant Friend, last month’s book group selection.  It was very good, although many dark topics, and it made us intimate with a culture I have not lived with before.  Not an easy book, but a good one.

Ditto for our current selection – Orphan Train.  OMG, I read this in two sittings, sniffling the whole way.  It is so clearly written, so perfectly blending fact and fiction that it all feels real, and like it is happening to people we know, I absolutely love it.

Then, because they were right next to the Orphan Train on the library cart, I also grabbed Still Alice and Lila.  I blew through Alice in a  couple of days – another one so well researched, such a good job making fiction blend with research and (presumably) fact that it feels very real. I have often wondered what it feels like to be the person with the oncoming dementia, and Lisa Genova does a fabulous job of capturing this feeling.  No idea if it is real or not, but it feels real.  So real that I don’t think I can watch the movie.  What a devastating disease.

Lastly, I am in the midst of Lila.  I have to say although I love the writing, I am struggling to relate to the character. I don’t feel I know her well enough just yet to want to spend a lot of time with her.  But I will keep reading and I expect I will get into it before too long.

I also recently read The Outermost House – Henry Beston.  It was an interesting book about living on the beaches of Cape Cod for an entire year – and felt to me like the introvert’s dream – I could see myself in that little house with a mountain of yarn, a book or two, happy as a clam.  A slow, quiet book, it took me a long time to read through, but I savored each bit of it.  I’ll read it again someday.

That’s it – not just knitting going on around here!

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9 responses to “Good reads

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  1. Envious if your reading time but thanks for books to put on the to do list! 🙂 hopefully spring break will be my reading break as i was working all through my usual first of the year reading time! 🙂

  2. Haven’t read the others but did read Still Alice. The author did a good job of blending research and fiction. I believe they made a movie of the book.

    • They did – and I don’t think I want to see it – it would be too intense to have this all happen in 2 hours. I agree, I thought the author did a good job blending her research into her fictional tale. It sure felt real!

  3. You’re whipping through books!

  4. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am still working on my post, but it should be up soon.

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