Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'm back

It has been a long time since I wrote anything in the blog. So many things have changed - my previous job as a social worker ended, my daughter graduated from homeschooling, my dog buddy, Sasha, passed away, and I now work at the local library part time. For awhile, I just couldn't seem to write anything, but I've been reading so many good books, I just had to find the time to blog again. I promise more pictures next time, but I'm out of camera batteries:)
Since I have been working at the public library, I have been on a reading spree. So many good books, so little time! I'll post my favorite books at the end of the year, but so far this month I've read:
1. Wolf Hall by H. Mantel 4.5 stars
I read this for book club - which (blush) I ended up not going to this month. I was one of the few who enjoyed this book. Not just another story about Henry VIII, Mantel manages to create a new and interesting twist about Henry's court and his wives. While More was depicted as the hero in a "Man for All Seasons" here he is an unpleasant man at home, and not much better in court. Thomas Cromwell is the main character in this book, and he comes off better here than in other depictions I've read. This book demanded my full attention (i.e. no reading and watching t.v. at the same time), probably due to Mantel's historical research and the details she brings to life in the book.
2. Revolution by J. Donnelly 5 stars
Andi is a senior in high school who is struggling with suicidal thoughts after seeing her brother killed. She blames herself and her schoolwork suffers, in spite of her musical talent and ability. Her father brings her to Paris, where she discovers a diary of a girl who lived during the French Revolution. The rest, as they say, is history. I can't say more because I'm afraid I will give away too much of the book. At the beginning Andi reminded me a little too much of Holden Caufield for my taste, but as the story moved to Paris, it picks up considerably. I loved this book and hated to see it end. Donnelly includes a wonderful bibliography at the end for anyone wanting to know more about either the French Revolution or the musical information she includes in the book. I highly recommend this!!!
3. Out Stealing Horses by P. Petterson 4 stars
A simple, understated book with beautiful writing. An older man has decided to live simply in the wilderness. He meets his next door neighbor and old childhood friend, Lars, and recalls the tragic events in his past.
4. The Confession by J. Grisham 3.5 stars
Classic Grisham - just finished this morning.

I'm currently reading All the Broken Pieces, and Girl in Translation.