I’m well into a fantastic new read!
I went over to the library last week to see if I could find “Prep,” by Curtis Sittenfeld. Guess what? The WPL doesn’t even have this novel in its catalogue [so, dear family, guess what will be going back on my Christmas List for the third year in a row??!...].
I did, however, pick up “American Wife,” as you see, above, there.
I can’t put it down.
After The Help and before American Wife, I enjoyed “Sizzling Sixteen” by Janet Evanovich and “Sloppy Firsts” by Megan McCafferty. This second novel is likely geared to the young adult set, but I enjoyed it – just made me realize I don’t miss those years of teenage angst! These were two great reads during my time of R E L A X-ation.
American Wife was never high on my list of “must reads,” although I do remember the New York Times reviewing it (favourably?) when it first came out. So far, it’s even better than I anticipated. I’m really enjoying the first-person narrative, and the protagonist, Alice (reportedly based on former first-lady Laura Bush) is extremely likeable. The storyline is sedately paced (we’re in the 1960s, where I’m at now), but it’s not moving too slowly at all – I like character detail, so a bit of background/tangenting is fine with me. Within the first fifty pages, there was already a scandalous tale involving Alice’s grandmother! And since then, Alice has faced some bombastic events. I’m hooked.
It’s good to be back into some quality reading material! After this novel, I’ll likely need another break, and I’ve got two fine choices on my bedside, just waiting to go:
You know where I found both of these books? The condo lending library! What do you know, some people actually do leave books down there!!
Any books or magazines that you are embarrassed about reading? I ♥ People magazine, really and truly.
The auction for Susan was a huge success! Over $26 000 was raised thanks to donations and the online auction.
Sadly, the items I most had my eye on (Bondi Bands set of hairbands, essie nail polish +, sephora GC +, Udi’s GF goodies, to name a few) quickly grew out of my price league – which is a good thing for Susan! I had hoped “Place a Winning Bid In An Online Auction” could be a New Experience…c’est dommage. Congrats to all the successful bidders – and kudos to Janetha for her stellar organization!