So between what pages is your bookmark resting?
One of the great things about reading is the ability to travel to places, experience other cultures, and learn about other lives. I remember someone once said she calls it “theater for the mind” and that is so true. When someone asks me what my favourite book is, I can never give an answer that includes just one book or just 2 or 3 for that matter. There are so many really great novels I’ve read through the years. I’ve read some really interesting ones in the past year and one of the ones I just finished was so well done, I simply had to talk to someone about it. I picked you.
A couple years ago I read Lisa Genova’s first novel Still Alice— wow, that was one dynamite novel. She told the story of a woman with progressing Alzheimers and actually told the story through that woman’s voice. She did a remarkable job. When I finished that novel, I had the feeling of really knowing that person, wondering about her, and knowing a great deal more about the disease with an understanding that I never had before reading the book. So, because Genova told that story so well, I knew I would be reading whatever she wrote next. I finally picked up Left Neglectedand was not disappointed. Again, Genova told the story through the woman’s perspective. I won’t spoil it for you but she had a neurological issue with her brain as a result of an accident. Perhaps not quite as deeply powerful as Still Alice but she still told one heck of a story that required a great deal of research to portray to the reader how the protagonist was dealing with her brain injury. I’m purposely not writing an actual review because there are so many reviews already available online. This is simply my opinion of a well written and worthwhile story if you’re ever looking for an interesting novel to read.
Other novels I’ve read this past year that I’d recommend include:
The School of Essential Ingredientsby Erica Bauermeister
Sarah’s Keyby Tatiana de Rosnay as well as her next one A Secret Kept. Some people didn’t care much for her second one but I have to say if a person didn’t read her first novel (Sarah’s Key) then they would be going into it with not as high expectations because Sarah’s Key was so excellent. The second novel was definitely a worthy read and very good story but most people wanted another blockbuster like her first one. That’s always the problem for an author when their first novel is such a huge success — everyone tends to measure the second one by the first and expects the same cookie cutter result. I guess I look at each book as a separate entity and consider it on its own merit. I’m glad I read both of them and actually look forward to reading her current one, The House I Loved.
Right now I’m torn about which novel to read next. I picked up Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Clubat a used book store (I know it’s ages old but I still have not yet read it). The other one that is sitting waiting for me to pick up is The helpby Kathryn Stocket which so many people saw at the movies — I picked that book up at my local LittleFreeLibrary. And another bargain one I recently picked up is tantalizing me the most right now, Traveling Lightby Katrina Kittle. The reason this one seems to be intriguing me the most frankly is the simple teaser on the back cover, “”Travel Light and you can sing in the robber’s face,” was the best advice Summer Zwolenick ever received from her father, though she didn’t recognize it at the time. …” And, as I often do when deciding on a novel to read, the first sentence, let alone the first paragraph, has my attention and I want to know more. So, that’s most likely the one I’m going to pick up this evening when I get settled in to bed.
Now the only decision I need to make is which bookmark to use (I also love bookmarks and have a few special ones). So where is your bookmark resting these days?
PS: Did you see that I’m putting out a call for a postcard swap? … check the previous post for info.