Things are looking up weather wise. The snow is almost melted, and it was actually kind of sunny and a little bit warm today. Keep it up Mother Nature!
And I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I deleted my Twitter account (due to some problems with unwanted contacts and direct messages) and decided to limit my Facebook account to just people I know in real life. No offense to any of you lovely people … I just think it was time to take preemptive measures before I experienced a serious problem with unwanted attention from creepy people. Why do some people have to ruin the Internet for everybody?
What I Read This Week
Although I read like a speed demon, it still took me almost all week to devour Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire. I loved finding out more about Lisbeth Salander and have become quite obsessed with trying to cast a movie version for this series. What do you think of Winona Ryder as Lisbeth? She seems too delicate and soft-spoken, I’m thinking. Anyway, it was a rollercoaster of a book, and I was seriously frightened that my dear Lisbeth was a goner at one point. And talk about leaving me hanging! Now I need to somehow get my hands on the third book without defying my book buying ban. I’m actually thinking of trying to introduce Mr. Jenners to this series; he might love it and then will buy the third book for himself. On the other hand, I could see him getting annoyed at all the Swedish names. (Was it just me or did you have trouble keeping some of the names straight?)
After the craziness of the Larsson book, I returned to the tranquility and beauty of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. It amazes me how beautifully she writes and how she can provide such a complete view of a moment in someone’s life in just a few pages. My friend Michael5000 just read this book too and wrote a great review of it. I pretty much agree with his assessment, especially that the stories set fully in India weren’t as effective as the ones dealing with the immigrant experience in America. I’m not sure if I thought this book was as good as Unaccustomed Earth though, but that is like saying “this gorgeous silk sari is not quite the precise shade of peacock blue that I imagined.” The book is still lovely and amazing and wonderful. I think I was so stunned by Lahiri’s talent when I read Unaccustomed Earth that this one suffered by comparison because I was expecting her genius this time around.
In yet another abrupt change of pace, I flew through Norman Ollestad’s memoir Crazy for the Storm. I’m a huge fan of books dealing with real-life survival, so I was really excited to read his account of how he managed to survive a plane crash on a mountain in California when he was 11-years-old and how all the things his dad pushed him to do when he was young helped prepare him for that moment. I was actually a bit disappointed in the book, but I’m still not entirely sure why. Part of it was that I had a tough time visualizing his survival trek and wasn’t on the edge of my seat during it. (This might be due to the fact that each chapter alternates between his ordeal on the mountain and his life before the crash that lays the groundwork for his relationship with his dad and how his experiences prepared him for survival). The other part of it was that his survival story kind of paled in comparison to some of the others I’ve read. Not to take away from what he went through, but it wasn’t nearly as riveting as Jon Krakauer’s account of the Everest disaster or the story of the Andes plane crash survival described in Alive. In many ways, this is just as much a memoir about his relationship with his father as it is about survival. I’ll have to think more on this before writing my review.
Giveaways Won and Awarded
Can you believe that I won yet another giveaway? The book that arrived this week was Home Is Where The Wine Is by Laurie Perry. I won this from Sandy over at You’ve GOTTA Read This! and, based on Sandy’s review, I think will be a fun, frothy read. Too bad I don’t knit though as the book includes some knitting instructions at the end. All you knitters get ready for my inevitable giveaway once I’m done with it. Thank you, Sandy.
It is also time to announce the winner of Catherine O’Flynn’s wonderful book, What Was Lost. The winner is Avid Reader at Avid Reader’s Musings. I hope you like the book as much as I did! As part of the entry, I asked everyone to tell me their favorite boy or girl detective. If I had a dime for everyone who mentioned Nancy Drew… (Well, I’d probably have about $2.50 but still, a lot of you mentioned Ms. Drew. I was hoping to score a lead on another Flavia de Luce type detective). Avid Reader’s response was:
Obviously Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew are favorites, but another more obscure one came to mind as well. I loved the books about “Freddy the Detective” by Walter Brooks. Freddy is actually an incredibly intelligent pig and I used to love reading those books.