One of my perpetual New Year's resolutions is to read one good book per month. This year I am off to a good start. So far this year I have read:
- Home by Bill Bryson - The history of domesticity. I liked it a lot. It led me to read #2 on my list
- Into the Woods by Bill Bryson - Very interesting. Slightly off-put by the utterly obnoxious true-life character introduced in the early part of the book. She is a blow hard know-it-all who is mocked for the duration of the author's trip along the Appalachian trail. Her name? Mary Ellen, natch.
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan. I liked this book on a lot of levels. It was published in 1963 (before Kennedy's assasanation) when I was a mere babe of three. It was an interesting counterpoint to The Women's Room, a book I recently re-read. I was fascinated by the things that have changed for women and the things that have not.
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I bought a copy of the book when my girlfriend Oprah suggested it for her book club. I read a couple chapters and then put it aside. Then I started watching the mini-series on the Canadian Broadcasting System. ( I'm lucky - I get to view Canadian TV channels - a lot of good programming). I picked up the book again and read and read and read until I finished. I loved it. Now watching the final installments of the TV series is a pale, watered-down version of the novel, bordering on a spoof.
- The Hunger Game by Suzanne Collins. I had heard strong recommendations from people I trust. My resistance stemmed from my dislike of science fiction. I was oh-so-wrong. I read this tale of a dytopic society cover to cover in one day. I will be reading the other two installments of this trilogy in the very near future.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is what I have currently fired up on my Kindle. It was described to me as a very dark novel, but I am not finding it so. It makes me sad that the author did not live to see his own success. It also wants me to go to Scandinavia to see the setting of the story.
I am open to suggestions for my next book...