I have a stack of nine books to give away tomorrow at a brunch I'm going to.......my way of recycling..........and in looking at the stack, I realized what a strange range of books they are that I have been reading!
Here's the list - State of Denial, by Bob Woodward; The Sisters Mortland (which I did not read); To the Nines by Janet Evanovich; Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier; The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; Still Missing (didn't read); A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffet (one of my heroes); and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. Strangely, the ones I liked - To the Nines - never read Janet Evanovich but she has a quirky way of writing and some funny phrases - loved her word for a body guard "steroidasaurus" - isn't that descriptive? Enjoyed Thunderstruck about Marconi and a man named Crippen in England - Larson's research is amazing and he makes a non-fiction book read like a novel. Didn't read The Sisters Mortland and Still Missing - read 6 pages of the first and didn't like it and the subject matter of Still Missing about kidnapped children is NOT my cup of tea..........I NEVER, in the past, would have not finished a book but I now don't waste my time if it doesn't interest me or the writing is dull..........State of Denial was upsetting because of how duped we, as Americans, have been by the Bush Administration. Thirteen Moons was not as good as Cold Mountain........Loved The Secret Life of Bees and Thurderstruck. Jimmy Buffet has written better things.........You have to be "in the mood" to read Cormac MCarthy.
What I love here in Mexico, books are like gold and so I read whatever I get - and it has expanded my horizons and introduced me to authors that if I were buying the books, I would probably not read! What are your reading these days?