It seems so trivial to be talking books this morning, doesn’t it, with the devastation half a world away in Japan? To my knowledge I don’t know anyone personally affected by the tragedy, but this blogging thing has a way of bringing the world ever so closer and connected. Needless to say, my heart and my prayers go out to the people of Japan and everyone affected by recent events.
Books have always been an escape – from the news, from life – and this week has been no exception. In fact, dare I say that I think my book slump (again, an insignificant matter, considering … ) officially ended when I started Room right before bedtime on Friday evening.
What was I thinking, starting this before bedtime?! I cannot put this one down. I know I am the last person to read this, for bloggers everywhere have been singing Room‘s praises for almost a year now, ever since it made its debut at BEA 2010. I saw it on the library’s shelf and now someone else wants it, but I’m not giving it back until I’m finished. I’m only 61 pages or so into this, but I’m pretty sure it will be one of my best books read in 2011. I’m hoping to spend a little time with this today, although probably not until later this evening.
Another one that will likely make that list (and that I started and finished this week) is Paolo Giordano’s debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers. I absolutely loved this novel, which is much more of a love story (albeit a heartbreaking one) than one filled with facts and figures. Giordano brilliantly uses the mathematical concept of prime numbers and twin primes as a symbol of the relationship between Alice Della Rocca and Mattia Balossino, as well as Mattia and his twin sister Michela.
All in all, it was a pretty good reading week. Other than that, I’m spending today just relaxing from a busier-than-usual Saturday evening. One of my oldest and dearest friends came down for the weekend with her daughter and we took the girls to an American Girl Fashion Show that was a fundraiser for our local Ronald McDonald House, and then out to breakfast this morning. We had a really good time, despite my waking up this morning with a bit of a head cold/sinus infection (and losing an hour of sleep certainly isn’t helping). I think the cure is a nap, followed by a little reading on the sofa.
Hope you’re having a good Sunday!
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