I’m happy to report that I have been reading quite a bit lately. Not as much as I did in the days before knitting and blogging and working and all but still, more than I have in quite some time. And so, because it’s Thursday, I’m going to share my thoughts on 3 different books – 2 I’ve finished and 1 I’ve just started.
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I haven’t blown through a book of this length so fast in years. Seriously, I could not put it down. It’s a great vampire novel, full of dark shadows and scary houses and things that go bump in the night. But it’s also a great Maine novel, full of descriptions of the seasons and small town living and real life characters. I don’t know how I missed this back in my Stephen King days but I think I’m glad I did because I’m not sure I would have enjoyed or appreciated it as much back then.
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. This is a collection of short stories all centered around a single platoon stationed in Vietnam. It is powerful and beautiful and heartbreaking and worth every second I spent reading it. I think it’s also one of those books you can read again and again, always finding something new.
- The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. I’m only about 20% into this one but I’m enjoying it very much. The setting is a Louisiana plantation in the current day and it opens with the discovery of a body on this plantation. I think there are going to be themes of racial tension and Southern history along with a good old-fashioned murder mystery and this one has all the makings of a great story.
And there you have it. What have you been reading lately?