I didn't participate last Monday so I wanted to mention that the week before I read:
Memoirs of a Geisha - I don't know why, but I thought it was just okay. I think after reading Snowflower and the Secret Fan, which to me was fascinating, I thought this book was simply fair. I know, I know, you all loved it. What can I say? I did enjoy it and learned a lot about geishas but only gave it a 3/5.
Last week I was supposed to read Pride and Prejudice but had to return it to the library before I got a chance. From what everyone says about how good this is, perhaps I should think about buying a copy for myself. I'm reluctant now, though, with my penchance for not loving the books that everyone else does. Hmm..
Last week I did read:
Heart of the Game: Life, Death and Mercy in Minor League America by S.L. Price. - Amazing book about a minor league player turned coach who was killed instantly by a foul ball hit by one of his own players. I love sports and I love stories of forgiveness and mercy. Besides the family of the coach/victim (Mike Coolbaugh), the author tells the effects of the tragic event on the pitcher, batter, and umpires involved. I read it in two sittings and gave it a 5/5.
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf - I enjoyed this book. It's about two families whose little girls, who are friends, go missing. I was captivated by the strange father of one of the girls, as well as the rocky relationship he had with his wife. Interesting, suprising ending. I gave it a 4/5.
I WAS reading...for 145 pages in fact!...Joyce Carol Oates' book Little Bird of Heaven and no matter how determined I was (I am not one to give up easily), I just could not get into it. It's supposed to be about the murder of a woman who was involved with a family man. But I didn't find out even a hint of what it was about until about the 100th page. It was slow. JCO's writing style is strange. The sentences were hard to follow. I had to re-read sentences in order to understand them. It was exhausting. I gave up. 0/5.
Now I am reading:
Open House by Elizabeth Berg - I'm only 15 pages in and am really enjoying it. That's what I'm talkin' about. The author is witty and funny. Reminds me of Jennifer Weiner. Maybe how much you enjoy a book is determined by the mood you're in at the moment. Maybe this is what I need right now.
How about you? What are you reading? (When my brother replies to this, he says, "Bills.")