Monday, June 9, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I finished three books this week. My husband and I did a little weekend getaway to Maine and we stayed in a very quiet B&B, which was great for reading. I brought three books I had already started, and managed to finish all three by the time we checked out on Sunday. They were
  • Seven Lives and One Great Love, by Lena Divani, a light diversion I enjoyed,
  • I Married You For Happiness, by Lily Tuck, a well-composed literary novel about a long marriage, also very good, and
  • On Leave, by Daniel Anselme, one of the few novels to have emerged from the French-Algerian War, about a group of disaffected soldiers home in Paris on leave.
On Leave was definitely my favorite and the one I'd recommend the most. I'll do a full review this week.

I also finished Revolution Baby, by Joanna Gruda, about a World War 2 hidden child, which I absolutely loved. Both Revolution Baby and On Leave will be in my top favorites this year.

Now that leaves me with some openings. I'm still enjoying The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst, and Secrecy, by Rupert Thomson, but I'll need to pick something else out of my pile, probably something new or newish. I'm thinking about starting Pushkin Hills, by Sergei Dovlatov, or Arimathea, by Frank McGuinness.  Any suggestions? What are you reading?

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