Book It! – Birthday Books
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My birthday is in April, so it’s usually a great month for books. After all, what better excuse for a reader to pick up some new and beautiful books than her birthday?
I actually wasn’t given any books for my birthday this year- probably due to my lack of shelf space right now. But I took a little of my birthday money and ordered some lovely illustrated copies of American Gods and Anansi Boys from the Book Depository. I am impatiently awaiting their arrival.
With Easter falling this month, Milli managed to get a lot more books than I did. She got several Easter themed books, as well as one of her daddy’s favorite children’s books – The Owl and the Pussycat.
Somehow, even with the lack of sleep, and mostly reading baby books to Milli, I managed to get some reading done of my own.
The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife is a work of fantastic realism by Patrick Ness. It follows a man named George as his life is altered by meeting a strange and enigmatic woman.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.”
– Goodreads Synopsis
Patrick Ness is a popular YA author, but I hadn’t read any of his work before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While the book was easy to read, as YA books always are, The Crane Wife dealt with some difficult themes. I ended up enjoying the novel more than I expected and look forward to reading more by Ness.
Books I’m Actively Reading
Hopefully, you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.
What are you reading right now?
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I’ve just started Xinran’s book “China Witness”. I often skip Intros and Forewords but not in her case. I always learn so much!
Also reading “The Dress Shop of Dreams” by Menna van Praag. She handles magic realism better than most English authors I’ve read.
Maggie Lane’s “Jane Austen and Food” is a good dip-in read…and during a very bad night last night, I started Ian Fleming’s “Moonraker” only to discover I read it years ago. Bond cracks me up…it’s okay for him to have 3 concurrent adulterous relationships with wealthy married women who only want a little divertissement…but if someone called him a gigolo or a man-ho he’d be insulted!
I gifted myself a very expensive book last year as you may remember…thinking of sending for some of those one-penny paperbacks from Zon this year. Same subject, though–still obsessed with Therese of Lisieux and her family…though I found some good French books on the Internet Archive about them, so maybe I’ll get a copy of the May Massee translation of Emil and the Detectives instead. I got the new-millenium one by mistake and it’s horrid!