2.07.2008

so many books, so little time

I'm heading to the library this afternoon to return my last batch of books and to see what new things I can find. I've been reading a lot this winter. Maybe it's the writer's strike and the fact that none of the shows I watch are on regularly. And the ones that are on are getting kind of weird (costumes for the WWE on Project Runway - what's up with that!) I find that I'm not missing much. I had some really good books this time so I thought I'd share my list:

These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich

Chocolat by Joanne Harris. This was so much better than the movie which I saw when it first came out and loved but didn't like as much on second watching after I'd finished the book. Not even Johnny Depp as a gypsy could save this one for me. Too many things were changed for no good reason, the ending included. I should know better than to compare but it was an interesting experiment.

The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart

The Dressmaker by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck

The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (her first novel—I read her second Songs Without Words first)

I'm not going to do book reviews except to say that I liked them all. You can check out the descriptions on Amazon for more info if you're interested. I'm a big library supporter and don't usually buy books (except for craft books that I keep for reference!) but I do a lot of research on Amazon.

And if anyone has suggestions for good books you're reading this winter, please share in the comments. Don't worry, I like just about everything!

5 comments:

Carrie S. said...

Did you ever read The Kite Runner? I also just read his newest book,A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I thought was amazing and better than Kite Runner, albeit, a more difficult read.

Also, The Double Bind Chris Bohjalian. Really good and there's a great twist at the end. You know I love those twists!

Another interesting read was The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.

I know there's more - I just can't think of them!

Junie Moon said...

Here are a couple of suggestions that I found in my own library: The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell and Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht. Plus, I'm renewing my acquaintance with Agatha Christie's books which you can also find in your library.

Carolr said...

1. Run by Ann Patchett
2. The Ice House by Minette Walters
No reviews here either except to say they are both very engaging, #1 being a "cannot put down until finished" one.
Oh, yes, this one also...
3. The Crows by Maris Soule

Jeanne said...

The Sisters Mortland and The Shadow of the Wind....both page turners and IMO very well written!

Jen Lyons said...

I really enjoyed Loving Frank, and I also just re-read The Time Traveler's Wife which is really really fantastic and not science-fiction at all, so don't be thrown by title. An old favorite is Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Haslund (I think that's her last name) which stands out as one of my favorite all time books.