A few books worth reading

22 Aug

Every summer I have visions of myself;

I’m somewhere poolside, with a stack of books, a fancy lemonade, an easel with an incomplete masterpiece I’ve been working on and French music in the background.

This is rarely my reality.  I managed one afternoon of painting (a sad unfinished still life of sunflowers)  and several dinners set to Pandora’s Blossom Dearie.  No pools, a few visits to the beach and BAM summer is almost over!

While I didn’t make it through a stack of books I did at least read two REALLY good ones that I am going to suggest;

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

If you have read the Red Tent then you are going to love this book.   If you haven’t read the Red Tent you will probably still really love this book.

In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flinn

I’m in the middle of this book and cannot set it down!  I love books with varying voices/perspectives and this one does a fantastic job of speaking from both the main characters.  The author is witty, even hilarious, and the scenes are set with eagerness to learn more.

Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Okay so Oprah’s summer reading list has 47 books and  mine only has 2, there’s always next summer.

Any good books you’ve read lately??


3 Responses to “A few books worth reading”

  1. Fellow book dreamer August 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I second your suggestion of “Gone Girl”. Great book! Here’s to next summer! Cheers!

  2. auntie coon August 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    “Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and How We Can Get There From Here”. I’ve been listening to the cd version, and it’s fascinating. As for fiction, I’ve been on a western kick – rereading the “Wagons West” series. “The Dovekeepers” sounds good, am adding it to my winter reading list.!

  3. Nanny August 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Love that you’re doing some book reviews, the lemonade touch was delicious! Reading is on the shelf until I’m not seeing cockeyed anymore; great plans for winter though to get into a little slim one called Shadow Tag by Louise Erdich. Toured her Minneapolis bookstore, it has a dog, and a birchbark canoe hanging from the ceiling. (Oops, the dog is on the floor.)

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