Sunday, January 29, 2017

I'm Hooked...Again

I don't usually spend much time reading for pleasure.  I'm lucky to average reading 6 books a year.  Although some books I tackle have been extremely long like Far Pavilions, Les Mesirables (the complete work) and The Agony and the Ecstasy.

I am a slow reader which tops off my mild struggle with reading.  Once I get into a book I do enjoy the process but it takes me a while to finish books.

This year something has changed.  Here it is not even the end of the first month of the year and I have completed two books.  I think the game changer that has made this small miracle possible is that I was able to borrow both of the books as e-books from the library to read on my phone's kindle app.  This means that any spare moment, any place, I am able to read.

The first book I read this year I learned about from The Costco Connection magazine.  It spotlighted The Girl Waits With Gun.  I can't tell a lie.  It was the title that caught my interest. 

I wondered why a girl would be waiting with a gun and what would she be waiting for?  And why was the title a short clip of a sentence?  The book is the first of a series about the Kopp sisters.  For whatever my opinion is worth I didn't really care for the book.  The main characters are not your usual sisters. Although is there really a normal?  While I was captivated by these sisters who were a bit quirky - the oldest was taller than most men, the middle sister with her hobby for carrier pigeons, and the youngest sister is a surprising twist - I just wasn't that captivated by the plot of the story to make it all worth it.  I was almost glad it ended and that I was able to find out why the book was titled as it was.

When I finished the book I was ready for a new book.  Not knowing what to read I went to my Pinterest   board of Book to read.  Scrolling through to find something of interest that I've gleaned through the years of books others have recommended I found one with an odd title.  I guess that would mean I pick books by their titles. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

I loved this book and was so sad to see that it ended.  The book is written as a series of letters of correspondence that were comical with the personalities of the individual  writers disclosed and at times thought provoking as they shared their thoughts and memories.  The characters become your friends who, through their correspondence, tell of their experiences under Nazi occupation.  I hated to see this book end without the hopes of reading more from this author.

Read anything good lately?   I'd love to hear.

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