Okay, so this list is going to show you just what I haven’t been up to this month.
*The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I like a book that can laugh at itself. Maybe this one takes a little too long to do it, but it was a decided (and fun) left-turn from where I usually read. Also, drugs! drugs! drugs! (Okay, not that many drugs, but opium turns out to take a major role in this story. Isn’t that weird?)
*The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. This is a new one I bought when Ms. Miller was on tour with our Very Dear Friend Ally Condie this winter. It’s about reincarnation. I’m a fan of the idea of reincarnation (not that I believe in it at all). It was fun. A little steamy in some places.
*A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup. Um, I think you should all run out and buy this and then read it out loud to anyone who will sit still long enough to listen. It cracked us right up. *Warning: It gets pretty violent in the end for a comedy, so pre-read if you’re thinking about taking my previous advice (yeah, like that would ever happen). My little people raised their eyebrows a little at the violence, but as soon as we finished it, they asked for the sequel. Which I had already bought: Another Whole Nother Story. Oh, yeah.
*The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I’m cheating by putting this one up, because I haven’t finished reading it yet. But this is MY list, and I want to put this one on it. I have to tell you, I’ve waited a long time on this one. I thought it sounded good, and I’ve heard a lot about it. But it was an Oprah’s Book Club book. Do I need to tell you that usually guarantees that I won’t like it? Except for The Poisonwood Bible, which I love so much, and which I read without Ms. Oprah’s permission, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything else on her Book Club list without regretting it later. But this one is really cool so far. I should finish it this weekend.
(Does that look like a pretty short list to you? Yeah, me, too. Lots of substituting. And a little more writing. And basketball watching. And so, not so much reading. Which is fine, you know. I know, too.)