So far 2012 has been a banner year for reading; I have already read so many *awesome* books! Here's a few of my favorites so far:
Heft, by Liz Moore. Hands down, two of the most memorable and believable characters I've met in a good, long time. I was sad to see this one end. I'm not sure how Liz Moore got inside the mind of a 500 lb man and a 17-year-old baseball player, but she did. An awesome read.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Magical. This book is simply magical. Erin Morgenstern makes the sights, sounds, and smells of a travelling circus jump right off the page. Amazing story. Amazing descriptive language. And more than a bit of magic.
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka. Historical fiction, written almost lyrically. Beautiful.
Maud Martha, Gwendolyn Brooks. I am a huge fan of Ms. Brooks' poetry, so I was delighted to stumble across this, her only work of fiction. There is an art to saying a whole big bunch in just a few words. Ms. Brooks is a master at doing just that. Fantastic book.
Last Sunday the girls and I hosted our first Mother/Daughter Book Club gathering. In true Vicki fashion, I remembered to take pictures before the event and then just left my camera sitting on the counter through the whole evening. I have a feeling we have stumbled on something good with this group. Want to read along with us? We're reading "The Buddha in the Attic" (above) and "If I Stay," by Gayle Forman. The adults will lead the discussion on "Buddha" and the teens will lead the discussion on "If I Stay". Can't wait!
Read anything good lately? I'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments!
Have a wonderful day!