Monday, May 23, 2005

Further Reading

I recently finished the following:

by Jonathan Safran Foer


by Asne Seierstad

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a story about Oskar Schell whose father has died on 9/11. After his father's death, Oskar discovers a key and so begins his quest to find the lock to which the key belongs. His anguish at the loss of his father combines with other's grief to make this story whole. The pictures, graphics and other details work to make the story richer. I'd highly recommend this novel. The hype is well deserved.

The Bookseller of Kabul on the other hand is harder to pinpoint. This was my bookclub selection and I almost feel sorry to have recommended it. This article really ties up how I felt. Also I didn't find the writing to be that great but I wonder if that is because it was translated into English.

17 books read to date.

13 to go!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Plane Reading

On my recent plane trip, I finished reading:

by Karen Joy Fowler


by Jane Feather

"The Jane Austen Book Club" is a wonderful novel about a book club who
meets to dicuss Jane Austen novels. The book delves into each book
club member's lives and explores themes relating to specific Jane
Austen books. I'd highly recommend this novel with its exceptional
writing and story-telling.

And what can I say about "Almost a Bride", other than it sure passed
the time while I waited for my connecting flight in Salt Lake City. If
you like romance (aka trash) novels, then this one is perfect!

Book Total for the Year: 15 -- halfway to my GOAL of 30 this year!

Currently reading: Guns, Germs and Steel and The Bookseller of Kabul.