I am a little book restless. I have been bopping around from thing to thing which is a bit unlike me. I usually pick a book and read it through to the end. Right now I have a lot of stuff in progress.
I’ve been listening to The Runaway Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini on audio, and I am loving it. Sylvia Compson is a fun mix of knowledgeable and crotchety and right now she is looking into family secrets in her past that have to do with some quilts, a hope chest and a hidden diary that she has found in the attic of her home. She doesn’t take kindly to the fact that her distant relatives might have been slaveholders and she is looking to get to the bottom of the situation. I really like the flashes of the other times to where her German ancestors are just settling down to a rundown farm in Pennsylvania. I love that I am listening to this because it is allowing me to take some interesting notes on the story as I listen. If it continues along as it has been, I will go back and start from the beginning the series. Thankfully this could be a stand alone book as far as I am concerned. I’m not missing any of the story by starting with the fourth book in the series.
I just picked up Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (raved about on every blog that I have come across). Only two pages in and I can see what everyone is talking about. The paragraphs are simply written but still manage to be dense with information. I am enjoying seeing the picture develop of this society where it seems that lots of things in life have gone horribly wrong.
For a little fairy tale action I have turned to Robert Coover’s Briar Rose which I first heard about from Meghan at Medieval Bookworm. I love reading about fairytales. The last time that I read a book heavily featuring a fairytale was Carol Goodman’s The Seduction of Water, which I loved right up to the ending which was unfortunately a little contrived and a bit rushed. Coover has made me think about all the things that I never would have thought of when reading fairy tales. As a child and maybe too as an adult I have accepted them at face value, but I guess it makes sense that sleeping princesses can be raped and taking advantage of while sleeping and maybe princes do die trying to wake them from their spells. This is a short book, but by no means is it going quickly.
In about a half an hour, I am off to the movies with my mom and then I will spend the rest of the day flitting around the books that I have started and will hopefully be able to settle in and finish one.
What so you do when you can’t decide what to read? Do you start reading a bunch of stuff like me? Toin coss (yes, I really wrote that originally) Coin Toss? Poll? Read nothing at all? Something else? I wanna know, so tell me.
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