Monday, October 4, 2010

Book Review (it's a long one)

Way back, at the beginning of the year,
I made a reading list.
I picked one book to read
for each month of the year.

Here is where I stand with it now.

The Friday Night Kitting Club
I read this book in January.
It started off alright. I could take it, but I couldn't quite leave it.
But then it surprised me and by the time I was half way though,
I realized how badly I really wanted to find out what happened with all of the characters.
Most of the time I only have a chance to pick up a book at night,
once I've climbed into bed, and then I read until my eyes shut.
Which is usually pretty quick.
However with this one, once I was hooked, I gave myself a whole day off just to finish it.
By the end, I was sobbing and I really loved it.

Sense and Sensibility
This was February's book.
I didn't read it.
(although I have read it before)
In fact, I didn't' pick up another book until the very end of March.

The Dubliners
I've read James Joyce, just not the Dubliners.
Til now.
Dark, sooty, oppressive.
I hated it, even though his words flow so well.

The Sugar Queen
I read this book in a day, just like I did with her first book.
And I hadn't intended to.
(I don't think the boys got fed that night)

A River in the Sky
This wasn't on my reading list.
But when Elizabeth Peters puts out a new Amelia Peabody book,
I snatch it up and inhale it.
There is just something about Amelia that I LOVE.

The Wednesday Sisters
I don't know why, but for some reason I didn't think I would like this book.
But I loved it!
And again... tears.

Little, Big
I've been trying to get to this book for years!
Once I started it, I realized I had actually already started it... I don't know how long ago.
This time I finished it.
I liked it, but it did take me three months to read.

Under the Tuscan Sun
I put this book on my list every year.
And every year, I don't read it.
I think I've finally figured out why though.
The movie is one of my favorite movies and I know that the book and the movie are nothing alike.
So I think that's why I won't read it.
But if you have and you think that I should, please tell me so.

The Russian Concubine
Just last week I got to chapter 10.
I gave up and put it back on the bookshelf.
It's killing me. I'm afraid I might be missing something great (although nothing much had happened by chapter 10), but I just couldn't do it any longer.

The Body in the Big Apple
I started it two nights ago and will have it finished by the end of the week at the latest.
I really like this series. Quick, easy, fun reading.
And I can't wait to try the pork recipe given in the back of the book.

So, there you have it.
If you've read any of these, I'd love to know your opinions of them.

Have a beautiful Monday!

P.S. Thank you all so much for the "re-opening" love. Y'all are the best!



Hey Alisa! Thank you for your visit today. Love your reading list, and I'm with you on Under the Tuscan Sun. If the book is that different, I would probably have to read it without knowing the title. I just can't be tricked that easily though. Have a great week! ~ Angela

Dorthe said...

Alisa, hi, the many last years, I have not read one single book-APART from all things describing and showing mixed media-dolls-and books about other tecniques from the land of handmade things.....
I too, only reads in bed,before sleeping-as my dayes, are for working in my shop-----so no, I don`t know any of thise.
(I have been a big reader of lots od wonderfull books,before!!!)

knitterbeader said...

Hi Alisa. I too cried through the Friday Night Knitting Club. Haven't read any of the others you mentioned. I also only read when I go to bed, so I get through anywhere from one to 20 pages or so before nodding off!

Anonymous said...

Alisa, I've read Under The Tuscan Sun and loved it. Give me a book set in Italy, France, England any day and I'll plod through it no matter what.

I'm reading Eileen Goudge's "Once in A Blue Moon" right now. Have read probably all of hers and loved each one.


Jillayne said...

I haven't read any of them. I was an avid reader years ago but once, when Laura was a baby, I bought a book and started reading it. All I wanted to do that day was read and I read that darn book until I finished it at 4 a.m. From then until my kids were grown I mostly read magazines because I was sure if it was a good book I wouldn't feed them either! But now I have started again and some of these look interesting.... I think I just might make my own list...

natalea said...

yeah, you must read Under the Tuscan Sun...way better than the movie! (well, that's just my opinion!) Have a great day Alisa!
xo nat