Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March Books

I hope you enjoy my book lists as much as I do! Print: (All three recommendations from Books On The Nightstand) 1. Mr. Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt. I was intrigued by the premise - a young woman lets a room to a gigantic black dog - and I knew that ultimately this was a book about depression. I did not expect to be so completely caught up in Hunt's narrative that I would still be turning passages over in my mind weeks later. Hunt has really captured something special in this book - and I think it's a must-read for anyone who's ever been touched by depression. (By the way, this was also my first ebook, read on my Dad's kindle!) 2. War & Peace - I started a yearlong read along. I read it in college, but don't remember a word because I was only reading it so that I could say that I had. This particular translation is absolutely beautiful, and I think at some point I'll have to write more about this book. It's too bad it has the reputation for being a slog because it really is an incredible book. 3. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson - It really is Austin for the modern day, and if you don't find yourself falling in love with the Major and Mrs. Ali than there really is something wrong with you. I needed a fun book after so many serious topics lately, and that's exactly what I got. In fact, I pulled an all-nighter with it because I just couldn't put it down! Audio: 1. Kraken, China Mieville - Selected it on a whim when I discovered that my library's selection of sci fi and fantasy had grown quite a bit over the last few months. Knew many of my friends like Mieville. Hated the book. In fact, didn't finish it. I think perhaps it lost a lot in the translation from print to audio...and it was at times very difficult to follow. 2. Cutting For Stone, Abraham Verghese - I fell in love within a few minutes. Quite simply, it's one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I urge you all to go out and buy/check out a copy right now! (Another stellar recommendation from The Books On The Night Stand Podcast.) I find I'm actually at a loss as to what to say about this book...other than to gush silly nonsense about how great it. It has definitely stuck with me in a very good way. 3. You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know, Heather Sellers - Another I didn't finish, although this time I think I can blame the publicity machine behind this book. A few hours into it, I realized I wasn't hearing anything that I hadn't already heard in interviews or read in the press. That was disappointing as face blindness is a fascinating topic and Sellers does have a knack for storytelling. Podcasts: 1. An Affair at Styles (Classic Tales Podcast) by Agatha Christie - Oddly enough, I've never read Christie before, so this was an entirely new experience. I enjoyed it very much, but must admit that this type of book qualifies as fluff for me, and I probably won't remember the details for long. 2. A Woman In White (CraftLit), Wilkie Collins - Again, I had listened to an audio version of this about a year ago, so I made the decision to skip the text in the podcasts and just listen to Heather's commentary. There just aren't enough hours in the day, and this is a book I know too well to really enjoy the reread right now.

4 comments:

Shelda said...

Oh, how interesting! I've listening to Cutting for Stone too, and finding it similarly engrossing. It's fun when you know someone else who's reading the same book!

Storme said...

Which edition/translation of "War & Peace" was it? I've meant to read it for years and it seems like a good thing to load onto the Kindle as a prompt to myself...

A Day That is Dessert said...

I loved Cutting for Stone also.

I've had a goal of reading War & Peace for some time now...I'll move it forward on my list. Thanks for the nudge.

Boring Midwesterner said...

My bookgroup read Cutting for Stone this month. I didn't get around to looking for a copy until the day before our meeting. I discovered the author's website where you can read the first chapter. By the time I had finished it--like you, I was smitten. I immediately hopped in my car and drove to a bookstore to buy it. I decided to go to our bookgroup meetig and risk having them give away the plot to me--it's so beautifully written I don't think knowing what happens will spoil it at all.