The majority of my reading this Sunday will likely be reading signs at the Philadelphia Zoo, which happens to be America's first zoo and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
Betty is pretty passionate about animals, especially tigers. One of her favorite activities is to visit the Siberian tiger at the small zoo near us. She even sleeps with a oil painting picture of that very tiger right next to her bed. She's been asking to go see the tigers at the Philadelphia Zoo, so, we'll likely be reading about all kinds of species by the time you're reading this.
Most regular readers of mine know I have a long commute to work (nearly 2 hours each way ... don't even ask, and no, I only wish I made a six-figure salary to justify such insanity). I've really gotten into audiobooks to help stave off the doldrums. This week, I started and quickly abandoned Gilead, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Marilynne Robinson.
Have you read this? I just couldn't get into it. I picked up the print version at the library, because I don't think it is entirely fair to judge a book by the audio. There are so many variables involved with audiobooks - the narrator, the type of day you've had when you're listening, the plot, the language. Some books translate well to audio and some simply do not. That's why I try go to the print version if the audio isn't working for me, but I'm not sure that's going to help with this. If you've read Gilead, let me know if I should give the print version a try instead.
I switched to Clyde Edgerton's The Bible Salesman, which I finished on Saturday and liked. It did start a bit on the slow side, but quickly picked up pace; when it did, it had my full attention. The ending scenes are incredibly tension-filled and T.Ryder Smith is probably among the best narrators I've heard yet. I'll have a review up soon (perhaps as a pre-scheduled post while I'm on vacation.) I'll say this in the meantime: this may not be a book for everyone, but if you're a fan of Southern fiction, as I am, this is a good read (and a better listen).
On the print side of things, I finished There's No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern. I really enjoy her novels, and find them to be a light, but still thought-provoking, read. I also read Ballistics, Billy Collins' eighth volume of poetry, in one sitting on Friday evening. Found it a bit deeper and darker than the other works of his I've read, but still good. (It is Billy Collins, after all.)
And thanks to several book bloggers who have raved about The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, I knew to pick this one up when I saw it at the library, and oh my - this girl can write. I am really enjoying this.
Speaking of book bloggers, have you heard about the plans for the 2nd annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week? I was too new to the blogging scene last year to participate fully (I didn't even know what a book blog was), but I am really looking forward to it this year. From all the buzz, it should be a lot of fun.
Would love to see you there!