2011 average: A book every 4.4 days (11 books read)
I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle because my 10 year old daughter told me that I should, and I was at that weak point between books when I always feel a bit desperate. In fact, I'm usually only between books for mere minutes, if not seconds, and rarely will go to sleep before at least reading the first few pages of the "next" book. If I don't have a stockpile of books in waiting, I feel a bit frantic and will wander around the house going from bookcase to bookcase muttering about how "there is nothing to read in this house!" to which my loving family merely shake their heads.
But I digress.
Maddie handed me this book at an opportune moment and I jumped on it. She had read A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door a little over a year ago and loved them, and while I faintly remember reading them in my youth, I had no recollection of their subject matter.
Let me just say, it's one weird book. While traditional themes appear (missing parent, need for belonging, etc.), this is sci-fi in the weirdest sense with strange creatures, time-space travel and evil to battle. I'm not sure if I liked it as much as my daughter, but it was worth a second read as an adult.
Next up was The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and I'm pretty sure my opinion of the book will not be very popular. I've heard so much praise for this book by so many people, that perhaps I had expectations that could not be met.
The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 60's during the civil rights movement and concerns a group of black maids and wealthy (or wealthy-ish) white women who employ them to take care of their homes and children. The characters here are flat and don't develop as the book progresses. The author makes it very clear which characters are good and which are the villains -- there are no shades of grey.
In my opinion, the book is much too simple. There were a few little secrets that she used to keep you interested and reading, and the characters who were given voices were all quite likable. Therefore, the book was quite readable and engaging, but I felt like there was no depth.
Next up is another book that has gotten a lot of hype -- Justin Cronin's The Passage.