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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
Chestnut Street, published after Maeve Binchy’s recent death, is actually a collection of short vignettes and character studies—the common link is that each character either lives on Chestnut Street or is somehow connected to a person living in that neighborhood. I enjoyed this book a lot—the only disappointment was that many of the chapters seemed to end rather abruptly, which makes sense since a lot of these selections were probably not originally meant to be published as complete pieces. I also felt that several of the characters in the chapters could have definitely been developed into books of their own! I really liked this book and am sorry that it will likely be the last published work that we’ll see from Maeve Binchy.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Kwizgiver, one of my blogging buddies, wrote about The Burgess Boys in one of her posts last week. Reading her thoughts about it reminded me that it was on my TBR list—and I was able to find the audio version through my local library. I started listening to it this week on my daily commute to and from work, and so far I’m really enjoying it. Partially based on a real crime that took place in Maine about ten years ago, the novel focuses on three adult siblings, their own families, and their complicated relationships with each other and with other members of their communities. I’m not very far into this book yet, but I’m intrigued by the characters and I’m interested to find out where the author is going to take us.
I’m sort of reading Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller for my job (I work in marketing for an educational publisher), but I’d probably be reading it for pleasure and curiosity anyway. I’ve always been interested in why some people love to read and why others don’t. This professional resource is written by a Language Arts teacher who excels in helping her students become book lovers—both in and, more importantly, out of the classroom. I’m loving this book so far!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I have a pile of library books and a stack of used book purchases sitting by my bed, so I have lots of possibilities! It all depends on my mood when it’s time to choose another book.
How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!