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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I really liked Sisterland–in fact, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I’d put off reading this novel because, although I’ve enjoyed other books by author Curtis Sittenfeld in the past, the subject matter of this book initially didn’t appeal to me. It’s billed as the story of two twin sisters who share a psychic ability–the ability to predict the future by listening to their special “senses”. I’m usually not into books dealing with any sort of paranormal activity (I guess I’m a skeptic at heart!) so I wasn’t in any rush to read this book. However, I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to on my daily commute, and this one was available from my local library. I decided to give it a try–and I’m so glad I did! This book is about so much more than psychic ability–it’s about family, loyalty, marriage, parenthood, betrayal, forgiving–and although the “senses” of the twin sisters do play a big role in the story, it wasn’t an overbearing plot point for me. The only downside for me was that I didn’t like the audiobook narrator at all–I found her voice monotonous, and very irritating when she was reading dialogue spoken by any of the male characters. Luckily, the plot was riveting enough to keep me listening!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’m in a bit of a nonfiction mood at the moment, so the two books I’m currently reading are both in that genre. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan is a National Book Award winner, and it’s about the disastrous dust storms in the US during the height of the Depression–and the people who remained in their homes and survived, rather than migrating west to California. I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I know it won’t be a light read, but I’m really looking forward to learning more about this event. I’ll be listening to this book on my daily commute to and from work.
I love reading about sports, and Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann seems like it’s going to be a great read. It’s an investigative account (eight years in the making) about youth amateur basketball–the leagues that are basically training grounds for kids as young as eight or nine years old who hope to play basketball in big-time college programs and later, in the pro leagues. I have some pretty strong feelings about kids, sports, pressure, and the adults who are involved, and I have a feeling that this book is going to make me angry. I just started reading it yesterday, but I’m already hooked.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be in the mood for when it’s time to pick another book!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What did you think about them? What have you been reading lately? Please share!