Dog-sitting dilemmas kept us from leaving town this week, but I’ve reset my expectations and am enjoying 4 days (instead of 6) way from the office no matter where I am! Part of that enjoyment includes plowing through my NY Times Bestsellers — or, potentially, Bestsellerzzz — list of good reads:
Crazy for the Storm (Norman Ollestad): Absolutely a must-read. I discovered this book while in Denver on a Starbucks run at Farrah’s. I’m not normally a fan of anything Starbucks is hawking on its counters (or that Oprah grandly offers up on her list, either, for that matter… something about it just irritates me), but this one caught my eye. It was an adventurous, touching memoir that I highly recommend.
Blue Heaven (C.J. Box): An interesting murder mystery involving retired cops (good and bad) and families in the panhandle of Idaho. Apparently a lot of cops retire to that area, earning it the nickname “Blue Heaven,” and that factoid alone made it worth the purchase. It also won an “Edgar Award,” awards bestowed upon writers by the Mystery Writers of America Guild — another factoid that forced me to do a little Googling and learn something new.
Promise of the Wolves (Dorothy Hearst): A rather simple and sweet novel written in the voice of wolves, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve always been a fan of wolves — used to want to be one as a kid. I still love them, and everything about them. When I saw this novel written in a similar fashion to Watership Down, of my early teen years, I opted to give it a chance. It was rewarding, if not incredibly cerebral, but then, isn’t that sometimes just what we need?
Anything in the Dead Series (Charlayne Harris): Every one of these 9 or so volumes is simply the best — if you like vampires, werewolves, wiccans, shapeshifters, maenads, telepaths, and any/all supernatural beings. The premise is that these individuals are all around us, and we simply don’t know of their existence due to our inability to recognize them. And then when we do recognize that they exist, our ability or inability to consider them evil/good, equal/inferior, etc. gets in our way of co-existing. Mulitple parallels to the prejudices of today, and simply great characterizations and writing. This series puts the cheesy Twilight novels where they belong: under the bed and collecting dust. And, yes, I’ve read every one of the Twilight novels. Shut up.
What am I reading now? The Other (David Guterson) is my current challenge. I say challenge because while I love David Guterson, and thoroughly enjoyed Snow Falling on Cedars years ago, his voice in this book is just painfully slow. It’s interesting, yes, but I can’t seem to shift gears to how he’s writing. It reminds me of reading my first Cormac McCarthy novel, Blood Meridian, and how between my dictionary and his voice, it took me weeks to get through it! But I’m sticking with this one, and swear to get through it.
What’s next? City of Thieves, by David Benioff. I’ll keep you posted. Happy reading!