Monday, August 29, 2016
It's Monday, what are YOU reading?
It has been a wonderful, fast & furious entry into the new school year. I'm finally collected enough to start writing again (or doing anything other than merely surviving the day!) and just in time for this week's What are you Reading post!
I just finished listening to The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I was completely swept up in the gorgeously written historical fiction/mystery/magical fairy tale of a story. Utterly delicious. Perfect for filling these weeks of rain we've had in east Texas lately. I loved it so much that I've downloaded another Kate Morton book, The Secret Keeper. I'll keep you posted on that one.
I now belong to 2 book clubs (for grown folks, that is) and Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl was the selection for the first meeting of my newest one. I am an Anne Tyler fan---her ability to make characters come to life is just beautiful, and she is a master at showcasing the ordinary life in a way that shines a light on its specialness. Vinegar Girl is interesting in that it is a part of the new Hogarth Press which has modern authors creating modern retellings of Shakespeare's work. Vinegar Girl is Tyler's twist on The Taming of the Shrew.
The book club had mixed reviews on this one, but I liked it. Not loved it---but definitely liked it. I suppose my reasons are a bit shrewish, too---if shrewish means being a bit cantankerous rather than the screaming banshee that initially comes to mind.
I like that it is a love story with two brilliant socially awkward people. I like that our main character, Kate, is completely herself (wouldn't it be utterly delicious to live life in such a way that you were always your most real self?) I liked its quirkiness and its imperfect characters. And also, I feel like I should reread the original just to compare the two.
I hope the beginning of the school year is treating you well and make sure you are making time to read!