Reading material

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I went through a reading slump recently that was kind of driving me crazy. Really, it started in Halifax. I optimistically packed several books in my suitcase and then George and I ended up at a Chapters bookstore (oh Chapters, how I missed you) so I bought myself a copy of Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. What a crazy person I was.

There was no time for reading! Not really, anyway. I did manage to read a little here and there but I was too busy either trying to bang out all my work for the day as quickly as possible or else I was doing things like visiting Peggy’s Cove, wandering along the boardwalk in downtown Halifax, or you know, being my sister’s maid of honor. There wasn’t much left over for reading.

I think I read about 40 or 50 pages in the three weeks that I was there. Sad. Then when I got back home it took me forever to get through it which was a shame since it was actually a very enjoyable book. There was just so much going on when I got home that I couldn’t get into it until I hit the last third of the book, at which point I had trouble putting it down.

After I finally read the last page I then hemmed and hawed over what to read next, reading the first five or ten pages of different books before tossing them aside. I’m now currently reading Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts, a supernatural thriller – first in a trilogy – that I borrowed from my mother. The fact that my mother actually read a supernatural trilogy and enjoyed it is astounding to me because that’s not what I normally see her reading, but she did say it was good so I grabbed all three of them from her shelf.

I again had trouble getting into it even though I was intrigued. However, I’m now about a hundred pages from the end and I wish I had more hours in the day or needed less sleep or something so that I could just finish it. I’m eager to get started on the other two books.

I think part of my problem is that I’m missing my weakness. A couple of years ago I learned that I missed my calling and should have double-majored (or majored-minored, whatever) in Middle Eastern Studies and Women’s Studies. One of my favorite things to read is any book set in those two areas. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction (such as my number one favorite book EVER, A Thousand Splendid Suns) or non-fiction (like Not Without My Daughter which I just re-read before starting my current book). If it takes place in a Middle Eastern country and features women as its main characters, I’m all over it.

I need to pick up a couple of those types of books I think. Then when I’m finished my demon-filled small town trilogy I’ll have something else waiting for me to fill the void.

What are you reading right now? What’s your favorite type of book to read?

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7 thoughts on “Reading material

  1. Richard L Walker

    My favorite is mindless mysteries, plot optional, with dysfunctional characters. Amazingly, there are several authors who specialize in this genre. If there is no book available that fits that criteria, I read anything.

  2. _vTg_

    My vote is for Alexander McCall Smith. He is very productive (prolific?) and has several ongoing series. They’re light and humorous, and great for the interrupted reading with small children around.

    Have you read:
    -the sequel to Not Without My Daughter?
    -the Kabul Beauty School (I haven’t actually read this one but I heard a detailed NPR interview)
    -(Not quite Middle East, but not far away, in Ethiopia): The Hospital By the River. The last one is the biography of a (admittedly, Western) pair of doctors who devoted their life to a charitable hospital that repairs obstetric injuries. It’s very eye-opening for (many) women who gave birth in Western countries about how different out life could have been had we been born elsewhere in the world.

    Again, not quite Middle East but geographically close: A Suitable Boy (An Indian Soap Opera, and don’t be put off by the length: it’s a very easy read)

    I am SO looking forward to the day I can have more time to read!!

  3. mamatulip

    I’m reading Breath by Tim Winton right now. It’s pretty good.

    I just finished Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont. That was quite good; very well written.

  4. Annie

    Speaking of Keeping Faith, I’m on a Jodi Picoult kick these days… After reading Keeping Faith and My Sister’s Keeper, I moved on to The Tenth Circle, Salem Falls and now reading Nineteen Minutes. I’ve discovered there are recurring characters in her novels, which is neat. They’re engaging dramas, but I think I’ll give her a rest after this one!
    On the Europe trip, I read The Book of Negroes, The Time Traveller’s Wife and Julie & Julia — all very good if you haven’t read them yet (spent lots of time on trains and planes, lol!!)

  5. Kristyn

    I love historical fiction and cozy mysteries. Right now I am reading Fat Girl: A True Story. It is very interesting and sad. I just went and requested Blood Brothers from Paperback Swap – I love me a good supernatural mystery!

  6. kate

    Have you read “The Orange Trees of Baghdad” by Leilah Naidir. It’s non-fiction written about an Iraqi-Canadian looking into her roots. I got it for Christmas last year and though it was excellent. Leilah Nadir lives in Vancouver and went to McGill.

  7. Kathy

    My reading tastes are pretty eclectic, but I definitely join in your fascination with books whose themes centre on the middle east / women’s roles therein.

    Lately, though, I’ve been reading some pretty diverse stuff. Right now I’m reading The 19th Wife (fiction) , Mountains beyond Mountains (nonfiction) and The Biology of Belief (also nonfiction). I like juggling my books. 🙂

    Favourites that I’ve recently finished:

    – Day after Night, Anita Diamant (author of “The Red Tent”)
    – The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
    – Cold Rock River, J.l. Miles
    – Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill
    – The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton

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