Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sunday morning book thoughts...

On this rainy Sunday morning, while I'm waiting for my husband to get ready so we can start our day, I thought I would take some time to write about what I've read, what I'm reading, and what I'm planning to read (this is how this book lover's thought process works regarding books). 

I finished The Confessions of Edward Day on Friday, and, as I said in my earlier post, I continued to be intrigued by the story and wanted to know what would happen next.  It was strange to recall that this was written by the same person who wrote Property, since they were so different in nature and in writing style.  While I wouldn't necessarily recommend Edward Day in particular, I would definitely recommend the author, Valerie Martin.  With what appears to be a wide variety of themes and topics for her novels, I think I can safely suggest that almost anyyone would find at least one title that would appeal.  For more information about her, check out her website:  http://valeriemartinonline.com/

I mentioned on Wednesday that I wanted to check out more Orange Prize-winning titles.  I've included a list of these titles below, for your reference and mine.

Orange Prize Winners
1996: A Spell Of Winter, Helen Dunmore
1997: Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels
1998: Larry’s Party, Carol Shields
1999: A Crime In The Neighbourhood, Suzanne Berne
2000: When I Lived In Modern Times, Linda Grant
2001: The Idea Of Perfection, Kate Grenville
2002: Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
2003: Property, Valerie Martin
2004: Small Island, Andrea Levy
2005: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
2006: On Beauty, Zadie Smith
2007: Half Of A Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2008: The Road Home, Rose Tremain
2009: Home, Marilyne Robinson
2010: The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

I've read some of these titles, those by Shriver, Shields, Michaels, and Martin, and while I was at the CFUW Used Book Sale on Friday, I picked up On Beauty and Home.  I also have Small Island at home in my collection, and have been meaning to read it some time.  Maybe I'll start it soon. 

My book club met on Friday (Friday was a busy "book" day for me!), where we discussed The Kite Runner.  Our book selection  for the May meeting is The Piano Man'sDaughter by Timothy Findley.  I'm looking forward to rereading this title, as it's been a while since I've read anything by Findley. 

Last night I started reading Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.  I read Still Alice a couple of years ago and thought it was well-written and very emotionally moving.  Still Alice is the title I've chosen for my book group to read in June, but with the recent release of her new title, it may be difficult for everyone to get hold of a library copy of that selection.  We may need to rearrange the selections to accommodate this.

I think my husband is ready to go out now, so I'll sign off. 

Bye for now!
Julie

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