Before we get down to the task at hand, or perhaps maybe the book at hand, I must brag just the tiniest bit. I picked the winner in both of the football games yesterday. We didn’t start out this way but ended up with a friendly rivalry going. Ralph picking Atlanta and New England, Me picking San Francisco and Baltimore. I won’t say anymore. Now I just have to figure out who I’m rooting for at the “Big Game.” ;-)
So, To Books! Mondays are the day for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This is hosted weekly by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s great fun and be sure to visit the other linkers when you’re finished here to see what they have to say. Every week I find a book I’ve never heard of and must read now!
Last week I wrote about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and the fact that I was about to read it.
I mentioned how sometimes I’m reluctant to read books just because everyone else is and how many times I’m disappointed. That did not happen this time. This was a wonderful book. When I thought I would be crying and I wanted to cry, I found myself laughing instead. The two main characters were struggling and facing mortality as teenagers, yet they could smile and enjoy themselves and even fall in love. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a Broadway musical and they don’t [SPOILER ALERT!!] live happily ever after. It’s not a comedy, it’s not all humor, but what the author does is make you love these characters. I read books sometimes and when I’m finished I have a sort of hollow feeling because I’ve spent time with these people and yet have never come to care about them. This doesn’t happen with The Fault In Our Stars.
If you have not read it, please do. It is not just a Young Adult novel. It is a Human novel. I loved it.
I had seen The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton listed in several catalogs and on several lists of books that must be read.
I happened to find it at Goodwill for…say it with me…49 cents, a few weeks ago. I was excited. It is beautifully written and I feel it’s a book I may have to read a second time to feel its full impact. Interesting, flawed characters live a bit of a chaotic life, it’s not always easy and they try to stick together under some tough circumstances both logistical and emotional. Although I like to know what’s happening in a book as the story progresses, this doubles back to tie up the loose ends and it works for me in this book. I can’t believe this is the only book Carleton ever published. I was sorry to hear that. Very interesting and I suggest that you read it if you can.
I’m currently reading Lisa Scottoline’s Killer Smile.
I like her novels. She’s flippant and there are some things about her style that annoy me…No! “Yes!” Stop doing that…but I digress. Her plots are interesting and have good twists. Exactly why I read a mystery/thriller.
Lastly, I’d like to mention something on a personal note. Someone I know has written and published his first book and I’m very proud of him.
My best friend, Gail’s brother, R E Thorpe has written On Leave.
Ray knew nothing about writing a novel when he started, he just knew that he had a story he wanted to tell. He joined several writers’ groups, he wrote drafts, listened to critiques and learned every step of the way. I’m very excited for him.
At the moment, it’s only available through Amazon but I’m sure that as it’s popularity spreads it will be available through other books stores and web sites as well. I’ve included the Amazon link above. My copy is on order and I look forward to receiving it. In a few weeks, you’ll see it in one of my It’s Monday! posts. Read the blurb on Amazon and see if it’s your kind of book, then Order! I’ll look forward to hearing what you think.
That’s it for me today, when you’re finished here be sure to stop over at Book Journey to see what everyone else is reading!
Happy Monday! Happy Reading!