It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
This Monday, I’m actually in Southern California visiting my in-laws — my father-in-law had heart surgery last week. He’s doing well but he and the family have been through a lot. I’m doing what I can to help, which basically amounts to making fried eggs this morning for breakfast. It’s not much, but I try.
So, what am I reading? Recently I finished Jasper Fforde’s latest, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Fforde’s books are always good although I hate to say it, but this series is starting to get a little old. I think it’s time for new ideas and new characters. Maybe Fforde could finally write a sequel to his brilliant but unfortunately-named Shades of Grey?
I also finished At Drake’s Command by David Wesley Hill. This is a book sent to me by its author, and one I enjoyed. It’s English nautical history, but written for non-nautical types like me. I found it clever, entertaining, and never too difficult to understand. I don’t know what that means for fans of C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brien – I understand those books are for hard-core nautical history geeks. But if you’re not entirely sure the difference between a fathom and a firkin, but you like a good story of exploration, adventure and piracy, this is a good book to check out.
I picked up a lot of books recently because a) I knew I’d be spending hours on a plane; and b) I got a new Kindle Paperwhite (yay!) but it doesn’t have 3G so now I feel I have to stock up when I leave the house. Oh, and c) I signed up for challenges this year and I’ll be damned if I don’t finish them. I’ve been reading pretty fluffy lately and felt it was time for something literary, so I picked up Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Please Look After Mom by Kyung Sook-Shin. I also have NW by Zadie Smith and Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon.
On the plane I started A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and it’s pretty amazing. It’s set in 1912 from the perspective of Francie Nolan, an eleven year old growing up in a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn. It’s a classic but one I’ve never read, so it’s on my list for the Classics Club and the TBR Pile Challenge.
I finally posted a review of The Round House — this was a challenging book to read and even more difficult to write about. Also, I hope you saw my recent review of Descent, and my interview with its author. It’s only my second author interview and I’m proud of it — and very impressed by this writer. Please check it out.
It’s Monday and sunny here (if a little colder than Southern Cal ought to be). I spent all last week away from my husband so I’m happy just to be with him. Although spending a week on my own allowed me to watch the entire first season of Homeland, a show I’m now completely obsessed with.
So happy Monday — what are you reading?