Archive for March, 2011

On Reading

I love to read, and read often. I belong to a book club, and read on my own too. I read often enough that I’ve decided to start keeping track of what I’ve read here–hopefully that will encourage me to write more on this blog!

Since January 1, I’ve read:

  • A Girl Named Zippy (book club selection)
  • Tinkers
  • Peyton Place (book club selection)
  • The Tiger’s Wife
  • Winter’s Bone
  • A Big Little Life
  • Out of Africa (book club selection–currently reading)
  • Cutting for Stone (just picked up)

I’m still slugging away at Snow, by Orhan Pamuk. Not sure why I’m having trouble with it, the premise and story are good.

The Tiger’s Wife was excellent, it’s hard to believe the author, Tea Obreht, is only 26 years old. Winter’s Bone was also good, and a stark reminder of what the Ozarks portion of Missouri has dealt with for years–namely, an enormous problem dealing with meth producers and meth labs. When I lived in Missouri, the state was the second largest meth producer in the country, just behind California. The state had a horrible time trying to clean up the hazardous waste left behind. Awful, awful problem.

Tinkers was good but quite dense, it’s not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination.

A Big Little Life was sweet, but I had to put it down a number of times, the comparisons to Ralph were quite strong. I do miss that dog tremendously. Last year I went on a books about dogs reading binge, and read:

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Dog Man: An uncommon life on a faraway mountain
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • Merle’s Door

Merle’s Door was a wonderful book, and I recommend it highly. I so wanted to let Ralph go on his own schedule, going the palliative care route that Ted Kerasote took for Merle, but Ralph clearly was in pain and would have suffered had I stayed with that thought.


03 2011