It’s been a long, rainy weekend – what better way to spend it than reading? I was in WalMart yesterday and picked up three books. I’ve been reading mostly non-fiction and was in the mood for a break. I meant to buy just one, but then I started reading the back covers, and what can I say?
First was Little Bee by Chris Cleave. What got me was the first paragraph:
Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead – but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun, or drinking a cold Coca-Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again. We would be happy, like lovers who met on holiday and forgot each other’s names.
It’s the story of a Nigerian refugee and a woman from England who are forever linked by a terrible incident. Great writing, great story – I’m sending to my mother-in-law.
Then I picked up this:
He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for a “reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.” She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving herself a wealthy widow. What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own.”
It’s beautifully written, surprising, disturbing, and a cut above the average romance. I’m taking it to my mother’s house this weekend.
Finally, I bought this -
Theodore Boone – Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham. I love YA, (Young Adult) but most of the books I read feature a female protagonist. I wanted to read something about a boy, and I figured John Grisham would give me a solid read. Impression -reads like a regular, law thriller with a 13 year old main character. I’m giving it to anyone that wants it. I don’t know a lot of boys that love to read, unfortunately. If Buckshot wants it, it’s his. Otherwise, leave a comment or it’s going to the library.
What are YOU reading?