I spent most of this past week with the MacDonald clan, re-living the departure of their ancestors from Scotland to Cape Breton and following several generations up to the modern day. I finished reading No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod yesterday and I quite enjoyed it. Now I've picked up The King's Bride by E.T.A Hoffmann, one of my recent acquisitions. I decided to sneak it in, as it's really short and looks like it'll be a fun, quick read. Then after that I'll be reading Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. It's an e-book so I've printed out all 244 pages, and while reading loose printouts isn't ideal I am looking forward to it as I've heard great things about it. This week I also posted my review of Still Life by Louise Penny, the first book in her Inspector Gamache series. I was in the mood for a mystery and really enjoyed it, and I will definitely be reading on in the series.
So that's where my reading has been taking me these days. Continuing on though with my monthly look back at what I was reading 7 years ago, when I started keeping track of the books I read, here's what I read in May of 2002. Comments in italics are my thoughts at the time from my reading journal (aka spreadsheet).
The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin
A compelling story with great characters that really came to life. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. 8/10
I still remember feeling so sorry for the little boy in the story.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
A re-read of this well-created Biblical fiction. Dinah is such a believable character and the ending made me cry again! 9.5/10
This was one of those cases when the book was just as moving for me the second time around.
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
So real! A great preview to the live performance (which I saw in London). 8/10
The book is good but this is totally worth seeing live. So empowering for women, and I have to say it had a positive effect on my life, helping me be more accepting of my own body.
The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
I loved the previous books in the Earth's Children series that started with The Clan of the Cave Bear, which I devoured as a teenager. But while it was interesting to revisit the characters this was very poorly edited and flat. Too much recapping of what came before with a bit of set up for a final book. Disappointing. 4/10
I wonder if she'll ever finish, or publish the sixth and supposed final book of the series?
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Beautifully-written, heart-warming story. The characters were full of life, but a moderate ending. 7/10
I don't really know what I meant by 'moderate ending', but I guess I wasn't completely satisfied with it. I still remember some parts of the story but I don't remember how it ended anymore so maybe that says it all.
So I read some pretty good books 7 years ago this month with only the one disappointment. I can't complain about that! Have you read any of these?
Back to the present, this week we also got approved for our new apartment, and today we had two different moving companies round to give us a quote. Surprisingly one was basically half-price of the other. We're talking a difference of almost $1000! Guess which one we'll be using? Anyway, it'll be good to move on from sorting and tossing to putting things in boxes. I'll be around a little more this week as I have a few reviews I'd like to post before the end of the month. I hope you have a good week!
Week in review:
'Still Life' by Louise Penny (review)