Plainsong by Kent Haruf and it is beautiful in its simplicity of language. I really could have stayed up all night reading it. Pete wanted to sleep and I was quoting lines to him trying to show him how beautiful it was. Really, you must go get a copy of this book and start reading it. I don't even know exactly what the story will end up being like or what the ending will be. Maybe the message will be awful (I doubt it), but it doesn't even matter because the writing is just lovely and a joy to read.
Ah. . . I love a good book.
And I have recently finished two more good books which I have failed to write about. One I finished only 2 days ago, so I'll start with that one:
Hearing that it was finally out in paperback (from Pete, who always knows these types of things), I had to pick up a copy of A Long Way Down -- the latest book by Nick Hornby. Hornby is one of my favorites, nearly a sure thing. If you haven't read something by him, you've probably seen a movie based on one of his books -- High Fidelity, About a Boy and Fever Pitch (Okay -- this was "based" on his book about soccer and the movie was a comedy about baseball -- I don't get that, but there's Hollywood for you.)
So back to my point. . . I was pretty sure I would like this book and I did. It's about 4 people who meet when they go up on a roof to jump off and kill themselves, but surprisingly it's not depressing. I'm not going to say that you'll come away with any deep insights, although you might (Maureen's story seems to have something in common with the theme of Waiting by Ha Jin. A book I loved and reviewed a while back.)
So, I would declare this a good summer read! Pack it in your beach bag or throw it in your travel case.
Right before that I read:
Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson was a strange an interesting read. It's about a homeless girl living in the forest who starts having visions of Mary. It was a good book and kept my interest and I liked his style well enough that I'll definitely be on the look out for Snow Falling on Cedars which I've actually been wanting to read for a while now and which I understand is even better than this book.
Well, I think that catches up my reading list. I got a bit lazy there in doing book updates. I have to remember to do this because otherwise I forget and end up checking books out form the library that I've already read! (I've tried a written book journal, but they last for 2-3 books and then I forget to update them. I have no idea why, but this seems to work for me so for now I'll keep doing it!)