The Sunday Salon- 01-24-10: Book reviews

The Sunday
Hello bloggers and blogees! Happy Sunday. We've had a couple of spring-like days here in Portland this week, but it looks as though the rain is returning. The weather forecast says High: 44°; Low: 44°. We don't get a lot of variety here in the winter.

A couple of months ago I posted about redecorating my blog and attempting to do more book reviews. I've been 100% successful since the first of the year re: the book reviews! Even though I enjoy writing, for some reason I haven't felt very confident about my reviews. Or maybe it's some PTSD around all those book essays that I had to write in college. I'm not even very big on reading book reviews, at least before I read the book. I just don't want to know that much about it.

Then at some point I realized that by writing reviews I might actually remember some things about the books I've read! I don't seem to retain many details about books anymore, except that I loved it or hated it. So when someone with a mind like a steel trap comments on a book I read last month (or last week): "Oh, didn't you just love it when the priest and the rabbi walked into the bar...." and I mumble "Oh, uh-huh," because my mind is more like a steel sieve (except I can remember lyrics from really BAD 60s songs). Maybe I'll even start taking notes when I read. I have put the book darts to good use to mark some of my favorite passages.

So far in 2010 I've had some great reading - all six of the books I've read have earned at least 4 of 5 stars. Here's the list to date:
  • The Bone People, 4 stars (Review)
  • The Mammoth Cheese, 4 stars (Review)
  • Let the Great World Spin, 4 stars (Review)
  • Peace Like a River, 4.5 stars (Review)
  • The Dew Breaker, 4 stars (Review)
  • Under the Greenwood Tree, 4 stars (Review)
I'm just starting The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss, a Portland writer. I loved the other two books of hers I read and this one looks very promising. I hope it's good, since I recommended it to my book group!

I hope you have a great week and get to read great books.


gautami tripathy said...

I too have read 6 books so far in 2010!

Here is my Sunday Salon post!

Captain Nick Sparrow said...

I picked up Hearts of Horses a couple months ago off a sale table but I still haven't read it. I love horse stories! I hope you like it.

Andi said...

You're off to a great start this year! My 2010 reading is pretty darn satisfactory so far, especially in contrast to last year's only iffy reading selections. Keep it up, and I'm loving your reviews!