Sunday, July 26, 2009

Reading Update

What I liked most about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was the variety of character voices presented through their letters. The result for me was that I felt closer to the group as a whole, and their struggles through difficult times, than I did to any one character. Without much connection to the characters, particularly in the beginning of the book, I could keenly imagine the emotional impact the wartime events would have made on me. I feel very lucky that I have not had to experience such challenges in my lifetime.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner was a re-read for me, but loved it, loved it, loved it. Cannie, the protagonist of book, is one of my all-time favorite characters. I'd definitely have her as a dear friend if given the opportunity. This book is characterized as chick-lit by many, but it is far surperior to anything I would put in that genre. There's a lot of life-truth weaved into this often funny, sometimes heartbreaking tale.

Still really enjoying my summer reading. I have two more Jennifer Weiner books to read. One even continues the tale of Cannie. I would definitely recommend any of Jennifer's books as a good summer read.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

4 Days of Fun

This is the start of a 4-day weekend for me. I definitely have some fun in store for myself that I would like to share.

I signed up for a doll workshop online this week. I’ve wanted to do this workshop for awhile and this weekend is a great time to start. The coolest thing about this process is getting to sculpt a face for my dolly. The doll will be made of fabric with paint and paperclay applied to the body form to create features. Very exciting!

Here are some of the dolls made by others who’ve participated in this workshop:

I’ll be sure to take photos of the process and final product.

In addition to starting on my doll this weekend I plans with a friend which involve lunch, visiting Spool and Loop on South Street and helping her start a sweater for her first baby due in November. I also have plans to go see the Phillies with a large group of folks from my neighborhood Monday evening. Let’s hope they win.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cracking the Books

Angie's  book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

So what have I been doing with my summer?
I came across a great website for those who enjoy books, Goodreads. I’m participating in the Summer Reading Challenge on the site which has gotten me really reading. Here are the books I’ve read since June 1st:
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (4 stars) – One of my very favorite movies. So glad I’ve finally read the book.
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (4 stars) – Really enjoyed the movie. The book was really good as well, but I have to admit I hoped it would be a little racier.
  • The Whiteness of Bones by Susanna Moore (2 stars) – This is by the same author as In the Cut, which I enjoyed. Didn’t like this book half as much, primarily because I found it somewhat depressing.
  • Under the Skin by Michel Faber (3 stars) – Read specifically for the Summer Reading Challenge. It started out really good, but really didn’t have a satisfying ending.
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (4 stars) – I really enjoyed this book, although it was a little long for my taste.
  • The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman (4 stars) – By the author of Practical Magic, this book also has a family with magical abilities as its center. I liked every single character in this uplifting book.
  • Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (5 stars) – Another book I read specifically to fit a category in the Summer Reading Challenge. This book remarkably captures the thought processes of childhood and sheds light on growing up with a visible disfigurement in a society that values beauty.

I’m currently re-reading Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed. This book has one of my all-time favorite characters, Cannie. Weiner has a new book out with this same character. I’ll be reading that as well in the next couple of months. And Weiner’s newest book is coming out next week. She scheduled to appear at the Central Library next Wednesday. I’m hoping to go and see her speak.