Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished the new Massimo Carlotto book, At the End of a Dull Day, and really enjoyed it. It's a followup to The Goodbye Kiss and while it has a different feel, it's a great noir.

I started Clair de Lune, by Jetta Carleton, her followup to The Moonflower Vine, one of my new all-time favorites and a book I think just about anyone would love. Clair de Lune is about Allen Liles, a young woman teaching at a Missouri university just before America gets involved in World War 2. It resembles John Williams' Stoner insofar as it's a Midwestern academic novel, although one set slightly later and from a woman's point of view. Again it's not exactly the same in tone and feel as Moonflower, but it's a wonderful book so far and I have high hopes for it.

This being the end of April and the end of "books I've always wanted to read month," I'll start on my new reading theme with my next book. That theme is "recommendations from others." I love to give recommendations but the truth is I rarely take them, so I've decided to dedicate May to books other people want me to try. First up is probably going to be Correlli's Mandolin, recommended to me by my coworker from the bookstore, Jennifer. She and I overlap a lot in our book tastes, and she's awesome and super smart (like all my friends) so I'm sure I'll love it.

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Mystica said...

Corelli's Mandolin sounds a good read.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I read de Bernieres' "A Partisa's Daughter" a while ago and remember really liking it, and when I did quite a few people mentioned Corelli's Mandolin. I think that is the most popular of his books anyway. I am reading "The Rage" right now thanks to your recommendation!

Zibilee said...

Corelli's Mandolin is one of my favorite books of all time, but the movie was disappointing. You will probably really like it... at least I hope you do!

I am reading Relish and The Death of Bees, and listening to Bristol House. All are very different, and good, but Bristol House was hard to get into.

bermudaonion said...

I hope Claire de Lune exceeds your expectations!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I liked Moonflower Vine a lot. I need to read this one as well.