My Book Club Reads Other Stuff Too! (2)

I am still tuckered out from all of the excitement from Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention that I am not ready to talk about all the books I saw and the bloggers I met, so until that time, I will leave you a second installment of some of the books that my reading club friends are reading.

My friend R.T. is reading two books.  One, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens,  is a classic that I haven’t read since the fifth grade and the other a book that I have heard so much about, that it is a wonder that I haven’t read it already.  R.T. says that she like Loved Walked In so much, that she just might make it a book club selection.

Once again I am reading two books. One is Love Walked In, by Marisa de los Santos. I am really enjoying this book. It’s the story of 2 girls, Clare and Cornelia. Clare is 11 years old and is abandoned by her mentally ill mother. She tries to fend for herself but eventually ends up having to rely on her somewhat unreliable father. Cornelia is a young woman who hasn’t found her calling yet and is hoping for love while working in a coffee shop. Turns out Cornelia is dating Martin, Clare’s father, and the two girls come together unexpectedly and develop a bond.

The book alternates chapters between Cornelia’s story and Clare’s. I like it because they are both interesting characters that you can really identify with and root for. When the two come together and you see each one come to trust and care for the other it’s touching and funny and heart-breaking all at the same time. Unlike other books, you aren’t quite sure how it’s going to end and you aren’t sure who will end up with whom. I am reading it with my girlfriend and we each have our own theories which is fun.

The other book I am reading is a classic – A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. I never read this classic book and wasn’t sure what to expect. Some classics are heavier and more cumbersome than others. Thankfully I am really enjoying this as well. The language is a bit tough so I have to read some sentences twice to make sure I get it. But, it’s actually kind of fun deciphering things and once you get into the flow of the language then the story comes alive. Sometimes stories set back so far in history are hard for me to get into. Not true here. The plot is already engaging and I felt invested in Lucie from the start.

Another friend of mine, J.P., usually likes to read non-fiction, but right now she just finished  delving into some historical fiction, which as you know is a favorite around here.  J.P. makes Sex Wars sound like a book that I would love to check out.  The title is very misleading to me.  I think that I was expecting a non-fiction sociological study on the difference between the sexes.  Here is what she had to say about that book and also the new one that she is reading.

Sex Wars, by Marge Piercy, which was an amazing historical fiction piece about NYC after the Civil War. One of the things I most love about the book is that it focuses on the strengths of women during this time and how they effected change. Most notably women such as susan b anthony, elizabeth stanton and Victoria woodhull. Throw in the mix Cornelious Vanderbuilt and anthony comstock, two unsavory men wielding their power and you’ve got plenty of struggle and drama. These women are up of the challenge. I found the stories inspirational and engrossing and highly recommend this book.

Just started Noelle Oxenhandler’s The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul. I’m only on page 65 now, but already enjoy her conversational writing style. It’s as if shes sitting next to me in the room telling me her story.

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What are your bookish pals reading?

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  1. Most of my friends don’t read…can you believe that???? But my son is reading Doctrow’s newest book and loving it!

    1. Well at least you have your son! I have yet to read any Doctorow. I have had Ragtime for the longest time but either read in college and don’t remember or have not read it at all. It’s going to be a Thats How I Blog! book, so I guess I will finally have the chance.

  2. Oh Nicole, I just listened to Love Walked In a couple of weeks ago and FELL IN LOVE. I had to disrupt my momentum and read (actually re-read) The Life of Pi for book club which made me twitchy. Now I am close to finishing Belong to Me, the follow up by Santos. I just want to wrap myself up in these two novels. They are enchanting.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Monday Movie Meme – Soldier On =-.

    1. Another friend of mine who isn’t a blogger raved about it as well. They keep asking me if I hav read Love Walked in and it is with nothing less than awe. I have to get this one on my calendar at some point. I would love to fall in love with an author’s books. Maybe we will read it for book club.

  3. I read Love Walked In Last year and liked it a lot. And I’m completely embarrassed to admit that I have not read A Tale of Two Cities. I have it, I’ve just never read it. I think I’ll save it for a winter-by-the-fire-on-a-cold-night read.

    Glad you enjoyed BEA!

    1. It is good to know of a book that is so highly recommended. I look forward to reading it. I feel as though I haven’t really read A Tale of Two Cities either. It was such a long time ago.

    1. Sometimes books that are universally loved by a book club leave something to be desired in a discussion. Everyone feels the same way.

  4. Nicole: I know what you mean about the exhaustion! It was so great to meet you at BEA (and you guys really ROCKED with the BBC!). I adored When Love Walked In…such a fun story. And A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite Dickens’ novels. I am almost done reading Tinkers…then I have to figure out the next one in the line up! Hope you are having a relaxing day.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday – May 31, 2010 =-.

  5. it was great meeting you last week. and, Wendy is right — you guys did rock with BBC! My book club read LOVE WALKED IN two years ago and Marisa called to chat with us. great great lady! BELONG TO ME was good, as well. can’t wait for her new book.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday 5/25 The False Friend by Myla Goldberg =-.