29 June 2005

Reading (for pleasure this time)

A couple of weeks ago, I was getting paid to read essays. Now that summer holiday is starting, I am doing some "fun" reading.

So far, I've worked my way through...
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. In the story, an autistic boy (Christopher) becomes interested in solving the murder of a neighbourhood poodle, much to the consternation of his father. Along the way, he also uncovers a family secret, learns to navigate some of his fears, and passes his A level exam in math. The story is told from Christopher's point of view and tries to give some insight into the autistic mind. It's a quick and interesting read.
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This is another debut novel (as was "Curious...") and a hefty one at that. But somehow, I plowed through the 642 pages rather easily. The story has multiple "tellers" throughout---all of whom are following the trail of Dracula (who is still "alive" in the 20th century). The primary character is a teenager who becomes drawn into the chase after discovering some notes in her father's library. There are a few slow parts in the book, however I appreciated the descriptions of eastern Europe. I'm rather interested now in heading off to Budapest, Istanbul, and points in between.
  • Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich. The Stephanie Plum series is brain candy---and the next installment is always scheduled for the Tuesday following the end of school. So, following this inept bounty hunter is always something to start my summer off with a smile.
  • Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wizner. What would you do if your fiance(e) dumped you a few days before your wedding...and then you took a significant demotion at your job...and your house suddenly needed an expensive repair? Wizner grabbed his brother and headed out on his honeymoon to Costa Rica. The two had such a good time getting to know one another as adults and traveling, that they each quit their jobs, sold their possessions, and spent the next two years on holiday around the globe. This is a memoir and it is a delight. So what if Wizner's idea of Life's "lemons" is different from the average Joe? The story is really about understanding what is important while you're here on planet Earth and the interesting way that one guy managed to figure it out.

What's next? Hmmmm. Bmom left me with a copy of The Secret Life of Bees, which many others have also recommended to me. I also picked up the new Rebecca Wells' novel, which gives more prequel information on the Ya-Ya's. But I have several others sitting on my shelf, itching to be read. The new Kathy Reichs' book is also now available, and that will be on my "must" list.

So many books. So little summer.

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