Books, how I love them! I am unable to go into a bookstore without leaving with at least one book in my bag and because of how convenient the internet is, I often impulsively end up buying online as well. Last year, I made a resolution that I would only borrow books from the library but...well...you know from yesterday's post that patience is not something I excel in. Especially when it comes to books.
I like to blame my less than stellar memory for my impulsive buying. It's easier to just buy a book that sounds interesting now rather than running the risk of forgetting the title.
Yes. I know. I could keep a book journal or use the Note app on my computer or add it to my Goodreads list of books to read.
Check, check, check. I've done all three, trust me. I just can't seem to rein in my impulsive buying habit.
I'm happy to say that I am off to a good start! Below is a list of the books I've read so far this year, with a brief synopsis of each:
- A book published this year: I was fortunate enough to win a book through another book group I joined (hosted by Laura of Circle of Pine Trees) titled The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon. Set in a small town in England, it is both a coming of age story and a mystery that takes place in a neighborhood populated by an interesting array of characters, each harboring a secret. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the two young girls (Grace and Tilly) who try to discover where God resides in the neighborhood.
- A book you should have read in school: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. I still can't believe I was never assigned this book in high school, it is usually a staple of literature classes. It was required reading for all of my daughters and when I saw it on M's bookshelf I decided to find out what I had missed. Wow. I was hooked almost immediately by this story of a group of small boys stranded on an island and their slow de-evolution to the basic human instinct of survival of the fittest. If you never read it in school I recommend that you find out what you missed.
- A book recommended by your local bookseller: While visiting The Hickory Stick (my favorite local bookstore) I was encouraged to read My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. This quiet novel is about Lucy, a young wife and mother who is hospitalized and a series of conversations she has with her estranged mother, who has come to spend time with her in the hospital. Through their conversations you get a glimpse into Lucy's childhood as well as her life as an adult. It is a story about reconciliation and the complicated bond between a mother and daughter. I enjoyed it very much.
- A book chosen for you by your partner, spouse, etc.: I am fudging a little with this one because it is my mother who suggested I read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante...but I don't think that Anne will mind! My Brilliant Friend is the first of a series called The Neapolitan Novels, which have been highly praised by reviewers (and Mom). I have only just begun it, so cannot say very much except that it is set in Naples, Italy and is the story of a friendship that begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. This book has been on my radar for quite a while but for some reason I have balked at reading it. But hey, my mom has good taste in books so I thought I would give it a try. Stay tuned.
As you can see, I am off to a good start! I promise to be more timely with my reviews. My goal is to post a review each time I finish a book but, well, you can see I am having a little trouble meeting that objective. As usual, I have my finger in too many pies (not sure if that is the right saying; if my husband was reading this he would be cracking up) and cannot keep up with my own goals. Oh well, such is life.
What have you been reading lately?