It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave was terrific and very moving to me. Unfortunately, that was not the widely held opinion by the group that discussed it on Saturday at the library. I thought the voices of the point of view characters were amazingly well done, especially for a male writing female characters. Others thought that the only believable character was the 4-year old boy. For me, the political point of view was spot-on and unarguable, but this group had people who were willing to argue it. Do you ever have the experience that book discussions effect the experience of the book? I’ve had it happen in both directions — sometimes I’ve liked a book more than I thought after a book discussion, sometimes less. In this case, I don’t really like the book less, but I have lost my enthusiasm for writing a review of it.
I finished and did write a review of my reading various versions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Studying the text before seeing the play really addeded to my enjoyment of the performance on Friday night. Not only was it helpful to know the story, it was helpful to have read the words and made some attempt to understand them. There are funny moments in Macbeth, but only those of us who were understanding the words, not just the gist of things, were laughing.
I finally finished and wrote Book Review: The Way to Eat by David Katz and Maura Gonzalez.
I’m reading the DK Eyewitness Travel guide to Chicago in anticipation of a future trip. I really enjoy the background material and all the pictures in the DK books.
I reported last week that The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook was next on the list and I did start it, but ended up putting it back on the stack in favor of a book I found while looking at versions of Macbeth: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein. It’s a YA title imagining the story of Macbeth from the view of a deformed daughter (and, therefore, worthless on two counts) who was secretly given, as an infant, to the witches although Macbeth had ordered her killed. I’m enjoying it now that I am familiar with Shakespeare’s play.
Next up: The Edible Rainbow Garden by Rosalind Greasy in honor of National Nutrition Month‘s theme of Eat Right With Color. I’ll either get back to The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook or I might read one more Macbeth-themed book while I’m still in the mood.
What are you reading?
Ooh, Lady Macbeth’s Daughter sounds great! Do report back when you’re done.
I am now in the middle of, of all things, a book about progressive religion. A House for Hope by Rebecca Parker and John Buehrens. It’s good. Parts of it are dry, but all over the place I’m having those a-ha moments of “YES! That’s exactly what I think and why I think it, though I’d never articulated it so well!”
But after that, I’ll be reading the book my friend Jess just wrote and published (her debut novel!). Awakenings, by Jess Gibson. She’s awesome, so I expect her book to be awesome as well. I’ll let you know.
Reading a friend’s novel is so exciting! An experience that I suppose comes if we hang around writers long enough. I’m looking forward to hearing about it!
You had an excellent week. I hope you enjoy this one as much. Happy reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-29.html
I know it’s not Joy’s Periodical Blog 🙂 but I’m reading this excellent article in American Theatre Magazine that delves into the evolution of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House throughout the years, called “50 Ways to Leave Your Torvald”. It’s well written and the title cracked me up!
What intriguing titles…Lady MacBeth’s Daughter does sound good.
Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST
The Weird Sisters (highly recommend, even though there is a, in my opinion slightly skewed description of what it takes (or doesn’t) to get a library job in the present day)
Still Alice (devastatingly beautiful)
The Heights by Peter Hedges (funny, sweet, disturbing, and spot on)
I’m on the request list for The Weird Sisters. I was going to wait and buy it until it came out in paperback, but so many people are reading it that I don’t want to wait.
yes, i just finished it… it’s a quick read. i liked it more at first than i did in the end. but actually i still quite liked it, on the whole, just that the first half is so promising, and the last third is kind of tying up loose ends, so it treads that dangerous ground of feeling not quite forced, but a bit… contained. you know?