Friday, September 17, 2010

What I’m Reading

After Laurel’s wedding I had a hysterectomy. I’m four weeks out now. Progress has been unremarkable, but slow. I still have to limit activities, so instead of making quilts and art, I have been reading (and watching Mad Men DVD’s)

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Girl Who Played with Fire

Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger

Waiting by Ha Jin

My current books: Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Little Bee—Liked, unusual story, compelling characters

Larsson Trilogy—suspenseful page turners. Dragon Tattoo is a stand alone book, the second and third book are part one and two of the same story. Don’t start reading Girl Who Played with Fire without knowing where you are going to get Hornet’s Nest.

So Brave, Young and Handsome—best book I have read this year. Absolutely beautiful prose. It’s a wonderful story wonderfully told, and if you haven’t read his first novel, Peace Like a River, read it too. They are completely different stories, but equally beautifully written. He and Elizabeth Strout are among my favorite authors.

Waiting—It took a long time for this book to get interesting, (thus the title?) but I did enjoy it. It’s a post cultural revolution look at social mores in China.

Empire of the Summer Moon—This is the only non-fiction book in the group, but it reads like a novel. Fascinating story of the Comanche the most powerful tribe in American history. I’ve stopped reading it for now as I just picked up Jonathan Franzen’s new book from the library.

Freedom—So far I am really enjoying this book. I’ve read about a hundred pages. The only bad thing is that a heavy smoker read the book before me…the downside of a library book.


  1. Rest up, keep plugging, and enjoy your reading!

  2. I just finished reading Peace Like A River and loved it. I bought it a couple years ago and it took me this long to get around to reading it. I shall look for that next title. Think I will check into your other titles while I'm at it.

  3. Susan, I'm just finishing "Hornet's Nest". You are right about the trilogy being a page turner. Peace Like a River is on my list. Have you read "Pearl"? It's an interesting take on Pearl Buck growing up in China.