Mortenson, Frey] where you are called to task should you choose to smudge a detail for dramatic effect. This is a powerful, haunting tale of Valentino Achek and what happened to him in Sudan [as relayed to Dave Eggers, I suppose]. I don't like the flashback method of storytelling- it draws me out of the story and that was my biggest struggle with the method of writing. Still, this is an important story. Gut wrenching with little silver lining to conclude with. A good read. Just difficult.
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids Kid for a different perspective].
Rock, Paper, Tiger. Oh Kindle, you led me astray. Tantalized by a thriller set in China I clicked purchase. Sigh. If you like the writing style of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [more specifically, book Two in the series] then you might love this book. I don't, so I didn't. The title is pretty cool though, so there's that.
Mrs. Kimble. I thought at Sam's Club- a store for bulk buying- I'd be safe from the siren call of book buying. I was wrong. I've been sad about the closing of Borders, but moments like Thursday when I saw this book, liked the title and the cover and the price and impulsively purchased it, makes me realize what an incredible loss it is to lose brick and mortar bookstores the gateway to chance upon a book. This is a book about a man and his three wives [though not all at the same time] and how he deceived them all. Loved the writing and the story kept me going, but while enjoyable there were so many plot holes it was disappointing. The book appeared designed to be a character driven novel and for that it simply fell short. Mr. Kimble is just not fleshed out and appears a robot, not a real person, a sociopath at best, but the author insists he is not, that he is an ordinary man. Which, if you read the book, is difficult to see. It was a good read, but it could have been so much more.
Corduroy Mansions. I adore Alexander McCall Smith's books. It's a cup of tea on a cold rainy day. A pleasure from start to finish. As with all McCall-Smith books, not much happens. We glimpse normal people doing normal things. Yes there are mysteries and drama and suspense but not 'jumping over cliffs' type. I don't know if McCall sees it this way, but for me his books are about the quiet dignity of everyday ordinary life. His characters are normal people living normal lives but he describes it all so beautifully and shows us that there is so much pleasure in the simple act of boiling a cup of water for tea, or shopping for dinner, cooking a meal. After reading his books I often find myself seeing the beauty in all the little things and the inherent dignity and integrity we are capable of possessing. After reading his book, even mixing pancake batter feels special- because it is. All the little things, a conversation with a friend, a drive to the library, a meal with a loved one- those are things most lives are made of and we're so lucky to get to live it. McCall Smith honors it beautifully.
Currently reading 32 Candles, and considering retackling the Harry Potter Series resting on my bookshelf. I never actually read them from first to last straight through. Ever done it? I'm thinking it might be fun to try.
Hope you found this helpful. Read anything good lately?