Sunday, March 11, 2018

Books: An Update

It's been a while since I've written a post about books I am reading or have read. Since that last post, I've completed seven or eight books, including a classic by Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, which I enjoyed. And I read a novella by Fredrick Backman called The Deal of a Lifetime. Backman is the author of A Man Called Ove. I read the novella in two days. It was an interesting little book.

I read a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Berg called Ordinary Life, which I really liked. It amazes me how a writer can tell a story in fewer than 20 pages. Some of the stories were so well written, they brought me to tears or really made me think about the characters long after I finished. I highly recommend this collection, even if you don't typically read short stories.

I read Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, which I enjoyed. It was easy, light reading, but was also inspirational. Chip and Joanna Gaines sure do have an interesting life!

Other books I finished include Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay, Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani and Faithful by Alice Hoffman. Hoffman's book The Museum of Extraordinary Things is one of my all-time favorite novels. I've read a few other books of hers, but none of them come close to The Museum, in my opinion.

I am now reading an interesting and short book called Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. I'm really enjoying it and will probably finish it in the next few days. Apparently a movie was made from this book last year starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. I'm sorry I discovered this today because I prefer to develop my own picture of a character as I read a book rather than see them as a particular actor. I've been envisioning Addie, one of the main characters who is 70, as the attractive neighbor up the street from us who is probably a bit younger than that, but has pretty grey hair and a beautiful face -- much more interesting than Jane Fonda. The male character, Louis, I haven't yet formulated as strong an image of, but I would not picture him as Redford.

I am also reading The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg. This one is taking me a bit longer to get into, but I'll keep at it. It's a novel about the scandalous life of French author George Sand, a female writer who led a very nontraditional lifestyle in the 1830s and 40s. So, what's on your reading list? 

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