This has been quite a good two weeks for reading! Having more free time at night and on the weekends certainly makes a difference. The only thing planned for this coming weekend is a trip to Philadelphia tomorrow to attend the Food and Wine Festival at Valley Forge Casino. We purchased tickets to a 4-hour session on Saturday and will have access to wine, beer, and food samples from local restaurants! I’ve never been to this sort of event before, so I’m very much looking forward to it! Now on to my latest update:
- A book written by a female author – Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. This was sitting on my bookshelf, so I decided on a whim to make it my next work book. It’s one of those classics that I know I ought to read and so far it’s been a pleasant surprise. The sentences are long and descriptive, but not as hard to follow as Hawthorne’s…so, I think I have at least a vague idea of what’s happening?
- A book recommended by a friend – Last Day by Mark Patrick. A friend from work actually knows the author of this book, so I was excited to give it a try. I’m about halfway through and am enjoying the suspense and how the characters are connected to each other. Unfortunately, this has been put on hold since I ran out of time on my Kindle loan.
- A book with magic – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This book just might be my favorite thus far in this reading challenge. It’s long but I feel like I’m flying through it and already dreading the end. Luckily, it’s part of a trilogy and Jay already owns the second one : )
A banned book – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, banned in Georgia. This has been a decent read, thus far. I borrowed it as an ebook from the library, so I’m not devoting as much time to it as I probably should. The characters are well developed and I’m eager to see how the town reacts to the discovery of the murders.
- A book of short stories – Different Seasons by Stephen King. Although technically a collection of novellas, I’m using it for this category anyway. Both Rita Hayworth (Shawshank Redemption) and Apt Pupil are included, two stories which I’m eager to read. Fun fact, the title “Different Seasons” refers to the subtitles of each novella, which contain the words: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
- A book with a one-word title – I’m considering Room by Emma Donoghue. It got a lot of buzz a while ago, but I never got around to reading it. It’s also a bit outside my normal easy fiction genre.
- A book with more than 500 pages – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I first came across this book in a post by one of my favorite book bloggers: Modern Mrs. Darcy. When I saw this category in the challenge, I knew it’d be a perfect excuse to dive in.
- A book that came out the year you were born – Number the Stars by Louis Lowry (1989). I never read this in school and was eager to dive into another Lowry story. It’s a simple but heartfelt read and I finished it very quickly. I loved learning more about another country’s methods of standing up to Germany and how they sheltered Jews.
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. This was a bit of a struggle to get through. I was disappointed after my experience with Morton’s other books. There was the signature twist at the end, but it didn’t make up for my lack of interest in the plot or the characters.
- A book that takes place in your hometown – A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Fisher. This is exactly the feel-good novel you’d expect from Amish Christian Fiction. It kept my attention and had enough depth to keep it interesting.
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. My only motivation for finishing this book was the fact that I’d get to visit the actual house on our New England trip. It was worthwhile for that purpose, since bits and pieces of the house matched the story. I probably give this less credit than it deserves, but I doubt I’d pick it up again.
- A book that scares you – The Shining by Stephen King. I really enjoyed the book… and then watched the movie and was disappointed by how different it was.
- A book based entirely on its cover – All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St Amant. A cheery romance about a woman in her mid-20s who is entered into a TV cupcake competition by her close, male friend, who she then brings along as her assistant. As I began reading, it also became clear that this was a faith-based novel, which is an added bonus! A light, airy, and fun read!
- A book based on or turned into a TV show – When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke. The second season of this show just wrapped up on Lifetime. The show is loosely based on this book series, but at least captures the essence of a city girl who accepts a teaching job in the Canadian West in the early 1900’s. Needless to say, I adored both the book and the TV series.
- A book set in a different country – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, set in Australia. This novel drew me in quickly and I finished it in just three days. The highlight is the relationships among the large cast of characters and how their individual, sometimes seemingly immaterial, decisions impacted each other’s lives.
For more great book recommendations/reviews, check out today’s link up on Modern Mrs. Darcy!
Any suggestions for attending a food and wine festival? Do I attempt to sample EVERYTHING or just stick to the items I think I’ll enjoy?