Series & Sequels
I am almost done with The Last Battle - it seems to be that I am having my own battle of time management (thus the Wednesday post!). It felt a shame to not wrap up my Narnia posts in 2012 so I decided to go ahead and give my thoughts even if I haven't completed to book.
And for the thoughts ... wow. It's quite frightening. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Over the past years I have studied the Bible more and my knowledge (although still limited) has grown and I felt that reading The Chronicles of Narnia was such a beautiful accompaniment. I cannot wait for my children to read them. I think this summer they will be mature enough for me to pull them out and we read them together. I'm going to miss Narnia. The parallels to our world and own demise are uncanny ... but I would take a gander that was Mr. Lewis' whole point. If you haven't read this series - by all means do so. I'm pretty sure you will be glad you did.
Here is a synopsis of this book from Amazon:
After reading Paula's review of All Over But the Shouting & Ava's Man I had to read them. Right away. After a quick search on Better World Books I found what I was looking for and began the adventure of Rick Bragg's (as in Southern Living contributor) family. I also have The Prince of Frogtown waiting in the wings. Paula's post was enough to get me to pick up these books ... I can say you will not be let down either!
My book club read Alligator Lake and I have to say it was an interesting story but at times I was annoyed by how much the main character was in her own head. I don't know if that makes any sense but I felt like her thoughts were sometimes repeated and beat to death. It was a fast read and for the most part enjoyable.
A friend lent me The Namesake; the same one who lent me Modoc, Expecting Adam, and Belong To Me. This book languished for awhile on the bookshelf and then the quilt began to sit in that I had my friends book for so long. For some reason the back cover synopsis didn't appeal to me buuuuut my friend had said it was one of her all time favorites. I caved. I was surprised. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all. I love when that happens. Step out of your normal "cultural" reading list. Pick this up. You will be surprised too.
"The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as "a writer of uncommon elegance and poise." The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity. "
Who doesn't love a free book - or an almost free book. For 99 cents you can pick up The Mill River Recluse and have your heart broken by evil and but back together again by love. This would be a wonderful book to read this holiday season. As the old saying goes "you can't judge a book by it's cover" - well I'm not referring literally to this book's cover but to what the metaphor implies - look a little deeper at your neighbors - they might not be as nutty as you think (ok - maybe some - but not all!).
It's hard to believe that another year of TTPT has passed. We began this reading journey in March of 2009 - I'm so glad you have come along for the ride. I plan to continue in 2013 with a new challenge; or rather, reviving an oldie but goodie. In 2011 the challenge was to read a book from your shelf that was gathering dust for every new book you bought. I have found that not only have I continued to collect books for my shelf but that my kindle also is being filled. Sooooo - I here by officially issue the 2013 Turn the page ... Tuesday challenge (that's where you insert the drum roll and trumpets):
Each month read a book that you already own (what we call a to-be-read or TBR) AND and book that is taking up memory on an electronic device.
Bonus - read a book that had been or being made into a move and then watch the movie!
If you are like me, I want to read the book before I go see the movie ... the book is almost always better (except for Big Fish - did anyone else feel that way? I remember reading the book and struggling through it. I kept thinking 'this would make a great movie' ... and I think it did.) But I digress...
What have you been reading?!