Not sure where the time has gone, but I know how I’ve spent it: reading. While I started two books at the beginning of the month, The Blind Assassin and Larry McMurtry’s collection of essays on Texas, In A Narrow Grave, I finished neither of them and instead went on to read the following:
Random Family, by Adrian Nicole Leblanc. This book has been on my TBR list no less than four years, so I finally checked it out of the library. This story covers the lives of two families in the Bronx over the span of close to twenty years. Even though it’s nonfiction, it’s probably one of the most riveting, suspenseful books I’ve ever read, and it gives a real sense of how very difficult life is in this country for so many people. I would say that it should be required reading for each and every person, but I worry about those people out there who will read it and come to the sorry conclusion, “See, people like this can’t be helped.” Grr.
Haunted Ground, by Erin Hart. This is a book for the 9 for ’09 challenge, so I’ll post thoughts on it later in the week. It was a fun read and a great get-away book after Random Family’s intensity.
A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby. This novel follows a year in the life of four people who meet on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve. The gist: they have all come to the roof of this particular building in order to commit suicide. Instead, they go back down the stairs and into their lives–and into each other’s. Strange to say a book about suicide is a fun read, but that’s Nick Hornby for you. He gets the mix of humor and compassion just right.
Those books I completed, but I’m about halfway through two others, Confederates in The Attic, which I talked about here, and Lush Life, by Richard Price. Look for posts on those sometime in the next week.
And finally, I haven’t just been reading. I checked Gilmore Girls out of the library. I’m nine episodes into the first season, and I am completely hooked. These shows are like potato chips–no way I’ll only be able to watch one season. I’ll have to know what happens, so I’ve already put season two on hold. In fact, time to watch another one…