Thursday, April 26, 2007
I just can't help myself...
I know, I know, I just can't help myself...I had to include a shot of the crazy rose bush in my back yard, because it's only this gorgeous for such a short period of time. I'm not a great gardener, I'm more of a wishful gardener, but I have a couple of great plants in my garden, this being one of them.
I love how all the lit bloggers I visit always post about the new books they acquire. I'm right there with them, and I get a vicarious thrill, too. I can't help myself in that department, either. I'm sure everyone in the neighborhood can hear the cheers when a box comes for me from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powells.
Today I got a box with two books by David Mitchell that I ordered, Black Swan Green: A Novel and Cloud Atlas: A Novel.
But I have to admit, my joy was tempered a little when I realized I have another of Mitchell's books, Number9Dream, on my shelf of books to read. I started it, and though I liked the writing style, the story, which includes many of the main character's daydreams, was a little hard to follow. So I ended up putting it down.
"Putting it down" are three of the saddest little words. I always have to give myself permission to put books down. It feels like a failure to me, but I have to keep telling myself that there is only so much time in life, and I want to make my reading count.
But I've heard great things about Cloud Atlas, and lots of people have Black Swan Green on their top books of 2006 lists.
Has anyone read them? Please let me know what you think!