Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Twitterature!
Sometimes you get really lucky and find a string of books that keeps your attention... then sometimes you read winner after winner and the birds sing and the sun shines and... well you get the picture. It was a good book month for me, and I can't wait to share!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy - In a near future post-apocalyptic setting, staying alive is the only goal, but the father and son main characters have a relationship that transcends that. Equally beautiful, touching and disturbing, this book really struck me as one that will stay with me for a long, long time.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - How have I gone all these years without reading this beautiful, wonderful book? This is one I skipped when it was popular because, well, because I was a snob and didn't want to read what everyone else was reading, but it's been on my to-read list for years. And it was so wonderful. This fictional story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob, is one of the most astoundingly beautiful things I've read in a long time.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - This story was super cute and held my attention to the last word. Don is a professor of genetics who is pretty set in his ways. He decides it's time to find a wife based on a certain set of very specific criteria... then he meets Rosie, who is absolutely none of those things. What happens next is predictably unpredictable and touching and funny and wonderful. I picked this one based on MMD's reviews and she was spot on!
The Returned by Jason Mott - This was probably my low reading point for the month. The tv show based on this book has been ALL OVER THE MEDIA, so I thought I would give the book a try, and it was only ok. As a matter of fact, it was so meh that I skipped the tv show too.
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell - This super quick read (it's only about 150ish pages) is about Alma, who is telling the story of a long-ago explosion at a local dance hall to her grandson. She is the only one who knows what really happened on that long ago day, and by retelling the story she pieces it together for the readers.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain - I saved the best for last! This is a fictionalized account of Hadley Hemingway, first wife of Ernest Hemingway, and their early years together. I've always been a huge fan of Hemingway's work, but to me Hemingway was - in my mind - a fully formed brilliant author. This background into his early years when he was a struggling writer trying to find his voice was an amazing addition to what I already knew about him. I can't say enough good things about this book. After I finished it, I fell down the rabbit hole of research into his life and that of his first wife and what happened to them in later years. I picked this title based on the recommendation of Moira at Hearth & Homefront from last month's Twitterature, and she loved it so much she started a whole new series called Book Club Bites with this title as the first feature. It's an amazing concept so be sure to check it out!
That's what I've been reading for the past month. Now I'm off to read all your fabulous Twitterature posts to get some ideas of what to read next!