FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Loved the new Elizabeth Kostova. Loved every minute of it. Atmospheric and nuanced and beautiful.
Jennifer Finney Boylan’s first fiction novel was not what I expected; the publisher’s synopsis is a bit misleading. However, what I read was insightful and interesting.
The latest Kelley Armstrong novel was the first unputdownable book I have read in a long, long time. Seriously. I started reading it late Saturday night and didn’t go to bed until I was done. It is a fantastic mystery with great characters that made me keep reading.
Can you ever go wrong with Dennis Lehane?
I will definitely finish this during this upcoming week. I can say that it is even better than I remembered it.
Feeding my Marcus Sedgwick addiction.
So, what are you reading?
I’m adding the Armstrong to my to-read list. My English professor has assigned The Handmaid’s Tale for my Eng 419 course, and this will be my third time through. I’m looking forward to rereading it before I watch the miniseries. My professor assigned almost all dystopian fiction for this course; I think she’s feeling the same despair over our current political situation as the rest of us.
The updated audio is interesting. There is a new section at the end that explains some of Atwood’s research but does it in a unique way. I don’t know how I feel about the narrator, but I think that is the point. Are you going to listen or read it?
I’m going to read it, but it’s a newer edition, so maybe it has that information. My professor made sure we bought the correct edition, because it had supplemental material we would be using in the class. I would like to listen to it, but I like to listen to audio while I do other things, whereas I’ll need to be able to take notes, etc., for the class.
I believe it will have that information. This audio edition has almost two hours of additional information which adds to much to the story. I am sure the book is going to ignite some fiery discussions in class!
I’m looking forward to it!
I stumbled across your blog while doing research for WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh which we are reading for our mystery book group talk on Wednesday here at the library. I had to say hello because I saw you were in Wisconsin, Go Badgers! Did you ever read Laura McHugh’s second novel, Arrowood? I am almost finished with WEIGHT OF BLOOD, and even though it’s disturbing I am enjoying it.
Have a great Monday!
I don’t think I knew she had another book. I will have to check it out!
Aaah – I was interested in Long Black Veil based on the publisher’s blurb…thanks for the warning!
And I’ve never read Dennis Lehane, but am now interested in trying Since We Fell since seeing it on the BOTM May selections list (which I think is overall pretty weak this month….).
Yes. It is less a murder mystery and more of a study of identity. The murder mystery is the backdrop for the rest of the novel. I enjoyed it, but I feel I would have enjoyed it more had I known that going into it.
I actually have a review copy of one of the other books on the BOTM May selections list. There was only one that caught my eye, but I fear that is because the judge raved so much about it in her essay. I always get suspicious when someone is a bit too effusive in their praise, even though it means I will select it because I am curious to find out if it lives up to the praise.
I hear ya on needing more reading time. I feel like I’ve been reading the same book forever. It’s a fantastic book, I just haven’t had any time to pick it up!
I’m super curious about the Kelley Armstrong book. Going to check it out!
At this point in the year, I give up on the idea of a lot of reading time. There is just too much going on right now. I know it will ease after Connor graduates, so that is the end goal.