reading list as of april 30th

i feel that i ought to preface this post with an apology. it will be a rather rushed affair, because currently the sun is out (for maybe the third time this month), it’s finally stopped raining, and the ice caves of granite falls are calling my name. so once the BF has exited the shower, we will be taking off. and i have yet to look up the directions to said caves, or even pack my hiking pack with my cameras, water, and food stuffs. procrastination much?

anyway, some lovely stories to entertain yourself with:

image via harpercollins

the fates will find their way hannah pittard – i wish i could remember more about this book. the fact that i can’t says quite a bit about the quality of the story. an unnamed narrator takes us through the days, months, and years after a 16 year old girl disappears, through the endless possibilities and plausible reality of what happened. despite the fact that i finished it, it wasn’t terribly engaging. and that’s all i really have to say about that.

2666: the part about the critics roberto bolano: i consider myself to be a fast reader. i can tear through most 300+ page books in about a week. it took me that long just to read this one section, and it was only 176 pages. bolano, just before he died, requested that each section (there are five of them) be published separately, so as to provide for his family. the heirs decided to go against their father’s wishes and published it as one volume, but you can still read each part as a stand alone story. sort of. they are all connected, in that they all end up in a fictional town, based in part on cuidad juarez. critics is about four academics who are obsessed with a german novalist, a known recluse. they eventually track him to this tiny mexican town, and along the way tear their friendships apart and put them back together. bolano was a genius with words, and it was a pleasure to read, despite its density.

angel falls nora roberts: of the stuff she’s published in the last decade or so, this is probably my favorite. i’ve read it several times, and each time i enjoy it just as much as i did the first time i read it. reece gilmore, broken and haunted by a tragic shooting in her former life, ends up in a tiny town near the tetons of wyoming. when she witnesses a murder, someone sets out to make her think she’s gone nuts. after i read this the first time, i actually told the BF i wanted to go to wyoming, to see the tetons for myself. he looked at me like, “who are you and what have you done with my girlfriend?”

the elegance of the hedgehog muriel barbery: almost a year after i saw the movie (which has finally landed a US

image via europa editions

distribution deal, yay!) i got around to reading the book. paloma, second daughter of a wealthy couple, has decided that her fate is already sealed, and the only way out is to commit suicide. so she decides to do so on her 13th birthday. but through her burgeoning friendship with kakuro and rene, the concierge of her apartment building, she learns that maybe there are things worth living for…you just have to look a little harder for them. far more philosophical than i’d expected, i raced through this story in a matter of days. compared to the movie, you get to know far more about rene, which i loved. an excellent read.

war dances sherman alexie: one of seattle’s favorite sons, alexie won the pen/faulkner prize for this work, a collection of short stories and poems. he has a way of making you think about race, politics, death, a whole myriad of topics, without realizing that you’re actually thinking about them in a way you haven’t before. plus, his poems rhyme, but it’s not until you finish reading them that you’re like, oh wait, that actually rhymed. cool!

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