February vacation is coming to an end (and I haven’t even opened up my school bag, let alone corrected any papers!), but there is the hope of a snow day tomorrow. At any rate, once again I have collected a stack or to read books and have more than one book going at the same time. I have also joined a mini-challenge, which I am really excited about.
I bought Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo and have started reading it. I ordered this one from work and was initially disappointed when I received it. It is a small hardcover and reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie, which to me seems like one of those books that people who don’t really read books consider a good book. However, I am about forty pages into this book and am really liking it. The chapters alternate view points between different characters all living in Sarajevo during wartime. The writing is simple, yet quite haunting and powerful.
I also snatched an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar. From the inside book flap:
When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they’d built is shattered. Filled with wrenching memories, their Ann Arbor home becomes unbearable and their marriage founders. But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again, Life in Girbaug, India, holds promise- and peril- when Frank befriends Ramesh, a bright, curious boy who quickly becomes the focus of the grieving man’s attentions. Haunted by memories of his dead son, Frank is consumed with making his family right- a quest that will lead him down an ever-darkening path that will have stark repercussions.
I abandoned, but promise to return to, both Looking for Alaska by John Green and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
And then for the best news of all! I have joined the Try Something New Mini- Challenge:
During the month of March, you’ll be asked to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It can be something Dewey-inspired, like a comic aka graphic novel, a YA novel, a book on feminism, etc. But it can be something else too: poetry, a short story collection, manga, non-fiction, a cookbook, a book on knitting or other crafts, a book on social issues, a play, a horror book, fantasy, sci-fi, a collection of fairy tales or a fairy tale retold…you decide. It’s not mandatory that you have never ever read a book of the kind you pick before…all I’m asking is that you pick something that is still mostly new territory for you.
To make things more fun, the Mini-Challenge is going to work in pairs: you sign up using the Mr Linky at the bottom of this post, and you’ll be paired with the person before you, like we sometimes did for Weekly Geeks. Then you and your partner will get in touch by e-mail and talk about what type of book you’re thinking of reading. If your partner happens to be an expert in something that is new territory for you, then maybe they could offer some recommendations. If you’re both thinking of picking the same type of book, maybe you could read it together.
My partner is the Book Nut, Melissa. We have not yet decided on a book, but I think we are leaning toward something in the science-fiction department or short story genre. I can’t wait to be a part of this challenge. I am a newbie to this book blogging community and I love this idea of a shared experience.