Friday, September 25, 2009

My book list, again

I've been doing quite a bit of reading over the past month or so, all fiction. Here's what's been on my list.

Daniel Deronda: I read this book mostly because it was a BBC series that I tried to make myself like. So, I tried to do the same with the book. George Eliot is a phenomenal writer, and she paints very vivid word pictures. Unfortunately the main character didn't end up with who I wanted him to, and some parts of this book were way too smart for me. But, I absolutely LOVE the character of Gwendolen.

One Mississippi: So sad. Not even going to get into it. Really funny in parts, but incredibly tragic.

The Knitting Circle: In that new genre of "women get together and bond over a craft and heal together without even realizing that's what they need." Some of the stories were incredibly believable but the device the author used to tell the stories got a little old.

Housekeeping: Marilyn Robinson writes prose like she's writing poetry. I'd reread this book in a book group as I think my tendency to read too fast cause me to miss some of the juiciest language and descriptions.

Where the Heart Is: Amazing! Read it in one day. Love the movie, love the book, love that they are very different form one another. Love it all.

The Passion of Mary-Margaret: I thought I would hate this book, but really liked it actually. I thought it was going to do the Redeeming Love thing and retell the story of Hosea, but that wasn't the case at all. I like that the main character was a modern day Christian mystic, but also an incredibly likeable woman. If I ever have kids, I might name my son Jude, as a form of tribute.

Right now I am reading a Salman Rushdie book and think I need to read it with a dictionary at hand because his vocabulary is far more vast than mine. I requested Northanger Abbey on CD from the library (I've read it once before) and want to load chapters onto my iPod so I can listen to it as I go running. So, that's what we have thus far. I need to read some more nonfiction. It takes me longer, but it's worth it.