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Writing, knitting, a border collie and an australian shepherd.  These have been my companions for the last two months.  Also, books have kept me company.  I’m not sure how to write a book review, but I feel like reminiscing over the books that I’ve read recently.  I’m going to use only words or phrases because descriptive sentences seem too overwhelming for me.

The Writing Life

Lovely, as is all her writing.  Zooms in on the nitty gritty of writing.  Makes writing seems daunting and intimidating and lonely.

Cover of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"
A Visit from the Goon Squad

Tragic, but oh-so-good.  More like a series of short stories than a novel.  But the characters are tied together in clever ways.

The Tiger’s Wife

Also tragic, but kind of magical.  The writer is 23 or 24, so I was thinking about that the whole time I was reading it.

The Shadow of the Wind

Recommended to me, but didn’t live up to my expectations.   Ended up being a good read, but took several hundred pages to get into it.

Cover of "Interpreter of Maladies"
Interpreter of Maladies

A book of short stories, but seemed like mini-novels (in a good way).  All were pretty sad except the last one.

Peace Like a River

Not my favorite, but one chapter towards the end makes the entire book worth reading.

Little Bee

Another good one.  More of a commentary on social issues than I expected, but I think that made it even better.  I think I originally read this one and Peace Live a River because of their bookcovers.  Pretty, huh?

Up next: The Paris Wife, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, and, eventually, Sarah’s Key.  I’ve heard its really sad but really good.  I’m also still slowly working my way through Jane Eyre.  I like it, but its definitely not a quick beach read.