(not my bookshelves – I wish!)
I love to read. I love books. I love being transported away to a different time and place, losing myself in the plot, the scenery, the characters. I don’t read nearly as much as I did pre-Love Girl and I miss it. Well, while school was out for three weeks, I devoured 10 books. None were pure garbage, most were okay, two were spectacular. Those are the ones I want to discuss.
The first was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Oh my goodness. This book moved me to tears. Several times. I cannot remember the last book I read that had that effect on me. This is the tale of two Afghanistan women whose lives intertwine in the midst of Afghanistan’s political turmoil. Hosseini writes in a beautifully descriptive manner that led me to devour this book in less than two days. His first book, The Kite Runner, was excellent as well – I think A Thousand Splendid Suns was better.
The second book was Song Yet Sung by James McBride. McBride’s first (?) book was The Color of Water which I’ve not yet read, so I went into Song Yet Sung with no real expectations one way or the other. So good this book was. It is about slaves, slave catchers, the Underground Railroad and the human spirit. I truly enjoyed it and it too took me less than two days to finish.
I’m no book reviewer, and am well aware that my words do not do these books justice. If you’re in the market for a good read – or two – don’t hesitate to pick these up. Don’t let the subject matter steer you away. I promise – neither is a heavy, boring read. I was fortunate to find them on the clearance table at B.ooks A M.illion for less than $6 each. I’m supposed to utilize our public library, but really? If there’s one thing I’m guilty of collecting, it is books.
Are you a reader? What genre do you prefer? Read any good books lately? Do tell!