Friday, 23 January 2009

So. I Read A Book

It's amazing the time that's passed between books. Books that draw me in and I can't put down. It feels exactly how I imagine forever feels like. A long, long time. I don't even remember the last book that captivated me.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a great read. I am a book worm. Love words. Read anything. When I'm eating breakfast I'll read anything and everything on the table. Cereal boxes. Random pieces of paper. Even bills. Crazy I know.

But due to lack of 'me time' I've not been into a book for a while. It takes me a little time to first up find something - and then get into it. And I'm one of those people that if it doesn't get me in the first say 10 pages, I put it down, to be read later (read: the 18th of never). However, there is one exception, one of my all time favourite reads is 'The God of Small Things'. I struggled for 65 pages - then finally hit my stride. It was worth it. Arundhati Roy is an incredible writer.

Anyway, I digress. The book I have just finished in record time is 'Goldengrove'. I first read about it in SMH's Spectrum. It touted it as the next 'The Catcher in the Rye'. While I see what they were getting at, I don't think it's that, but it's a good, easy and engaging read. And Francine Prose (HA! - great surname for a writer, yes?) delivers a great read that I hungrily devoured in just a few short days.

It's about a 13 year old girl, Nico, whose sister drowns in the lake. The story explores the Summer following, a period of loss, love and adolescent exploration.

If you're in Australia you can buy it from here. If you're an international reader of mystery here will do you nicely.
There ends my book review (written because Matt is watching a movie I don't want to watch, and I've got nothing better to do. HMPH!).


Sarah said...

Nothing better to do???!!!!

Oh I only wish!

jodi said...

thanks, i'll read it once i get through the 20 or so novels on my bedside table. I'm like you...takes me a while to get hooked but once I am I can't put it down.

The Crafty Librarian said...

God of Small Things is up there in my Top 10 is a crying book though, so I have to be in the mood for it.

Tinniegirl said...

I'm just getting back into reading. I really miss it. I've just finished 'The Glass Castle' which is an amazing story.

I had the same experience with 'The God of Small Things'. I nearly gave up on it twice and someone convinced me to stick with it, and I loved it.

'The Catcher in the Rye' I didn't like at all.

Kirsty said...

I think I shall read this next. Thanks so much for the nothing better to do review. Much appreciated.

cindy said...

I shall put it on my list for when Poppy turns 18, until then not a chnace I will have time to sit and read. Perhaps I can get the kids to read a page aloud each once they get old enough and then I could work through a few.