Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My reading list

Somebody had asked about books . . . and I'm always willing to talk books. I've been reading up a storm since 2008 started!

Earlier this year I read "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, which is a historical fiction novel based in the 1300's in England. The story centers around Kingsbridge, which is a town attached to a priory with a cathedral that is being built. It spans about 100 years or so, and goes through several relationships over those years. This book was written in the late 80's or early 90's, so it is readily available.

Following that I read "World Without End" which is Ken Follett's follow-up novel. You don't have to read the first one to "get" the second one, but it would clear a few small things up, especially around ancestry and heritage. The second book starts in te 1600's and it also takes place in Kingsbridge. Both are length novels, but well worth the read.

Following that I read "Atonement" by Ian McEwan. This novel was recently made into a movie in Hollywood. I haven't seen the movie, but wanted to read this book. I have to say that I found it quite slow . . . lots of descriptions and discussions about peoples' thoughts, but not much action. It took me a while to get through it, simply because it wasn't hard to put down.

Now I've really gone serious, and am reading Danielle Steele's "Sisters" LOL Not exactly intellectually challenging, but it is a nice, light read and so far I'm enjoying it. It works for a time when work is busy, and I have lots to think about there. This gives me an escape.


Anonymous said...

Ooo... Danielle Steele... *lol* I have wanted to read the book Atonement, but if it he a long hard read I might reconsider that one. I might look into the Ken Follett books though, they sound interesting. Thanks for the book reviews... I am always looking for a good read!

Weeza said...

Thanks for the book recos. I also read a book by Ian McEwan, called Saturday (I think), and it was a snoozer. Very unsatisfying ending.