Thursday, March 28, 2013

Just finished a book that I ended up devouring once I got into it.  The Breakdown Lane, by Jacquelyn Mitchard, is a very thoughtful and sensitive portrayal of a lady going through a hard time along with her MS diagnosis.  The characters are endearing, like in every book that I like, and I think maybe books written for women are more my speed than crime fiction.

What particularly drew me into this book was the fact that the protagonist got very sick, but then got very much better.  It's funny how the world works that way, in good faith.  The book was favorably enhanced by naming scripture verses before specific chapters, that upon looking up added to the engaging story.

Probably chick lit is better for me since there are usually very happy endings.

Next I'm reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  Very excited because of the satisfactory book length and attractive cover and author.  Hopefully after this I'll finally read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Visiting the public library is the best.  My heart goes out to all of the books on the shelves.   I can't read every book, but I can, at least, carry a bunch around with me.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finished How It All Began by Penelope Lively today.  What a lovely book.  I certainly did enjoy it, and was satisfied by the moral resolutions of the stories contained within.

After attending a used book sale this morning, I'm eager to peruse my new additions.  Didn't buy any fiction, though.  I think I'll either read a religous book or self-help.  Thankfully I collected some art books that will be enjoyable.

Really, I fell in love with Penelope Lively's book of action and consequence.   I really can't explain what made her characters so endearing, but I was very concerned as I read, slowly but surely.  It was excellent for lunchtime reading, though today I sat down and finished it, happily.

In appreciation of the season, I will pick up the religious book.  I hope that it is good.

I'm thankful for my favorite and devoted reader!  Happy positive attitude, everybody!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I just read a sweet little book! The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen caught my eye, both for the cover art and for the appeal of the title.  It turned out to be quite beautifully written, with a tender and heart filling plot.  It made me so happy that so much was contained in such a well-tended space, and it held the appeal to me as of a singularly good album of music.

Frankly, I take very seriously the album barometer test, and this book passed so worthily that I wished it had a soundtrack.  But how to describe its sweetness?
Maybe that's just it.  The book was just so sweet and tender and lovely, that I daresay it had a melody.

So what to pick up now?  I grabbed a book by Penelope Lively called, "How it All Began."  I've never read this author, but it seems charming from, you guessed it, the cover art and the compelling title.  The title gives me hope that this book just might bring me understanding of the world at large.  I'll keep you posted.

In this Lenten season, I might be switching churches and outlook, but hopefully I'll keep reading and reporting on this silly blog.  Why do I do this, except for the love of typing and no current paper writing.