I meant to write this post sooner. Six days ago. But for some reason, I kept pushing it off and before I knew it, it's Sunday again. After weeks of not blogging regularly, I've sort of forgotten how to do it. Which isn't nice, because when I'm reading all your posts on all the awesome books you're reading, I'm sitting in a corner like a sulking child who wants to be part of the action but doesn't remember yet how to put one foot in front of the other. Maybe I should host a party in my honor just to celebrate my return to blogging. Or maybe I should just blog.
How to be a Woman has been getting interesting reviews across the blogosphere. More than the mostly positive feedback, it's the tones of the reviews that impressed me - everyone talking about the book has some very thoughtful and thorough responses to the book. It's not often that I like to hear what everyone thinks about a book beyond the initial slew of reviews. I do like to know if someone liked a book or not, but if I feel that a book has got its time on centerstage, I don't go looking for more reviews about it, if you know what I mean. How to be a Woman, though has been catching my eye all the time. So when I picked the book today from the library, I started reading it right away, despite having
Last week I finished The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - my first by this author. Although the writing of the book reminded me strongly of another book I read last year (The Fates will Find their Way) even though the latter is the newer book, I enjoyed the book enough to want to read more of Eugenides' works. I also read a Jerry Spinelli book, Milkweed, that I had not heard about until my friends in Raleigh gifted me the book for my birthday this year. I initially thought Milkweed was a Newbery Medal winner, but turns out the author won the award for another book. Nevertheless, Milkweed was a wonderful read - harrowing, painful and painting a strong human spirit against the World War 2 in Poland.
I seem to have ended up with a huge review backlog, that I'm hoping to get through in the next few weeks. Books I'm excited about reviewing include The Singer's Gun, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and Battle Royale, which I read five months ago (yikes!). I seem to have forgotten aspects of some of the books, so review-writing is going to be challenging. If there's a book you are interested in hearing about, please let me know, and I'll review them first. In the meantime, I'm off to enjoy what's left of the weekend and read more of what Caitlin Moran thinks about her breasts and body hair.