Didn't you used to love getting your newsprint copy of the Weekly Reader? This is my version...a sprinkling of bookish news and some quick thoughts on what I've read this week.
1. Mockingjay (Book 3 in Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins - the spoiler free version: first thought, it was kind of slow. Definitely not as much action as we've seen in the first two books. I'm also on the fence about some big plot bummers and what I perceive as a lackluster finale from Katniss the heroine. It was a satisfying although frustrating end and I know I'm going to be thinking about it for a while.
2. Loved this list at Publishers Weekly with 20 indie sellers - I added many to my list.
3. Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart - did not disappoint. An excerpt:
"That night Katherine gave up trying to talk sense into Anna. That night she did not try to argue her twin sister out of her garantuan joy; she did not try to save her. It was then that Katherine decided to begin to look the other way on purpose, but this time without anger, without the intent to prove a point. She decided to stop protecting Anna, so that she might love her more truly.It was a decision she had made. She didn't forsee the consequences." (p.94)
4. Slogging through Anna Karenina for bookclub. I know it will be worthwhile and I'm determined to finish, please tell me it gets better...I'm only on page 150. Help.
5. Read and LOVED Starting from Scratch by Susan Gilbert Collins - Hope this one doesn't get lost in the shadow of the more heavily marketed Simply from Scratch. Both about cooking and grief...this one gets it just right.
6. As usual I'm reading more than one book...besides AK... The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman - don't know if I'll finish. Also Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs. I already know from trusted reading friends that it's a bit spotty, but her writing can be impeccable and worth it for those little nuggets of goodness.
7. Same goes for Anne Tyler - finished Noah's Compass. Even though I wasn't pro-Liam (the main character) her writing made it worthwhile.
8. Grabbed the new Ivan Doig - Work Song - at the library and didn't realize it's continuing the story of Morrie Morgan, the teacher from The Whistling Season (so good). I love those kind of surprises.
9. Headed to Cricket afterschool so KWB could pick up 39 Clues Book 10: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
10. Started Atlas of Love by Laurie Frankel on Kindle. I'm getting the hang of e-books and the balance between those and good old fashioned paper. Paper is still winning, but only because I like to share them.
10a.I have joined Twitter. Still holding out on FB. And digging in on that one. Follow along @litchickcafe.
10b.There will be a giveaway here tomorrow, sponsored by our friends at Penguin Group.