Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Walter, White and Woolf

It's been the type of reading week where I read a book I loved and then abandoned one that everyone except me seems to love.

First, the book I loved. That would be The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter. I'm going to be talking about this book all year, as I already know it will make my Best Books of 2010 List. If you missed it, my review of The Financial Lives of the Poets is here.

After that, I picked up The House on Tradd Street and read about 60 pages when I realized that I just wasn't that into the story. Maybe it's because I'd just finished a book that I loved that it was hard to go to one that I simply liked. You know, kind of like when you end a relationship that was so right in so many ways, but for whatever reason you've just come to the end of your chapters together. And then, inevitably, you encounter someone new, with a nice cover and who looks promising ... but after a date or two, you know in your heart it isn't working.

That's how I felt about The House on Tradd Street. My rebound book, of sorts. I normally love stories set in the South, and the premise was appealing - hell, the main character practically has my very same first and last name! - but she seemed a little too self-absorbed and rigid for me, and I could kind of see where the plot was going. I'll give Karen White's books another try, though - and who knows, maybe at some point I'll pick this up again. I know I'm very much in the minority with not liking this. So why does that make me feel so bad?

This week I'll be finishing up The Kite Runner as my audio book. I'm trying to pick audios of books that I have on my TBR shelf so I can get a feeling of accomplishment there. (Pretty clever of me, huh?) I'm probably the last person to read The Kite Runner, which is very well done. (I'm halfway into it, but I will say that so far, I like A Thousand Splendid Suns better.)

I'm so excited for the Woolf in Winter read-along, which starts on January 15 with a discussion of Mrs. Dalloway. I read that in college (and absolutely loved it) but I picked up the audiobook today at the library to refresh my memory.

And finally, like many of us, I've been participating in the Bloggiesta this weekend, doing a little work here on the blog. It's been a pretty productive weekend on that front and I managed to do somewhere between 8-10 hours of work. I'll have a separate wrap up post about that, but hopefully everyone who Bloggiesta'ed this weekend had a good time and got a lot done.

Here's to a great reading week ahead and to the promise of falling in love with a book that will capture your heart.

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Trisha said...

I always find that if I really really like a book, the next one has a tough time grabbing my attention. It's so hard to follow up a great book.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

I know exactly what you mean, Trisha ... isn't that so true?