I love the Christmas break because I get a chance to read things that I want to read instead of just trying to keep up with the boys’ reading material (not that I don’t enjoy that too). Over the break, I had a chance to read several books.
Throughout the busy week of Christmas/New Year’s, I listened to The Angels Game. It was long and engrossing and the ending totally creeped me out. Your mileage may vary.
Things got really busy and there was little time to just curl up and read until New Year’s Day. Talk about the perfect day. We had a house full of leftover snacks from our party. It was cold and rainy and ugly outside. Mike and the boys were engrossed in football. I spent the day in bed reading and eating and eating and reading. The only thing that might have made the day better was being at the beach, but I’m not complaining.
The Well and The Mine was the first book I read. It was a Christmas gift. I loved this book! I loved the writing, I hated to finish and say goodbye to the characters. It was interesting in that the book was written from each of the main characters’ perspectives. Set in the Depression in Alabama, the book tells one family’s story and it just sucks you right in.
After the uplifting first book, I moved onto The Road. Ummm . . .wow. I had heard about the book, I knew it was a movie, but I just let it linger on the stack of things to read. Ian read the book right before Christmas. He was struck by it and wanted to talk about it. It’s not a long book, but it’s a lot to take in. When I first finished it, my opinion was iffy to negative. After a week, though, I think it’s worth a read. I’ve read good reviews of the movie, but I’m not sure I’m willing to go there just yet.
Two books, and still no one in my family wanted or needed anything from me! So, I grabbed some of the leftover crab bread (it’s way better than it sounds), a bigger blanket and moved on to Olive Kitteridge. This book was recommended to me by several people and I was anxious to dig in. The comments I heard prior to reading the book were about how horrible Olive was. Well, she wasn’t stellar, but I’m a little worried by how much I felt I had in common with her! I dunno. Maybe I’m a bad person or maybe Olive isn’t quite as bad as I’d been lead to believe. Either way, I really enjoyed the ride!
By now, it was getting late. But, I have a thing about finishing a book and going to bed. I can’t do it. Just part of the strangeness that makes me so special! I like going to bed with the possibilities open for the characters I’m reading about. So, I grabbed a bowl of chili, moved to the living room (Mike was asleep) and started reading Blue Water because it was next on the stack. I read through the chili and the remaining chocolate in the house and went to bed. Finished the next afternoon and I’m still not sure what I think of the book. There were parts that really touched me and, yet, I never felt wholly connected with the story or the characters. How’s that for wishy-washy?
Right now, I’m reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy. I’m only about one-third into the book but so far, I’m liking it. I’ll keep you posted.
In audio-land, I’m listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I loved this book when I first read it a million years ago. The reader is PERFECT. If you haven’t read the book and/or want a good audiobook, this one gets my vote. In fact, I’m heading out to finish folding laundry while I listen to another chapter before heading to bed.
A happy Thursday to all!