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"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read." Lemony Snicket
Lately I've been on a reading tear, much to the detriment of this blog. Since last I blogged, I've read three novels: If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino, The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman, and Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner.
I read the Calvino novel as an online read-a-long in November, and while I enjoyed it and am glad I attempted it with support, I am still trying to sort out my thoughts in order to write a post. It is a challenging, complicated book.
For a change of pace, concurrent with reading Calvino, I read The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman, an entertaining, easy read. I enjoyed the story and found the theme of the lengths to which morally strong people will go given a certain set of circumstances to be fascinating.
My most recent read, Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner was lovely. This short novel (only 183 pages) made a huge impression on me, after starting off VERY slowly. Around page 90, I was thinking I might abandon it. I am so glad I didn't. Within the next ten pages, the book became and continued to be a novel I loved. I can understand why this kind of novel is not for everyone. It's very introspective, and almost nothing happens, but I loved the voice of Edith, the main character, and I loved the way she learns to accept herself as is throughout the course of the novel. As a woman who grew up in a very conventional South, I can relate completely to her struggle.
Time to choose my next conquest!