As I mentioned yesterday, I've been reading some books lately. I finally got a library fine cleared up, and have read 7 books in the past 9 days. You might say I was a bit starved of new literature!!
One of the authors I read was Lori Wick. She is a Christian author, and writes mostly romances. Browsing through the titles, it seems that much of her work historical fiction -- late 19th century mostly. To be honest, those books didn't interest me, but some of her more contemporary works did.
I read The Princess, Sophie's Heart, and White Chocolate Moments. I thoroughly enjoyed each of them. I liked Bible references and way the characters prayed frequently throughout the day. They made me want to be a better person and Christian. They've also made me look at my own beliefs and compare them to those of the author.
Another book I read was Laura Jensen Walker's Miss Invisible. It's about a "big" girl who basically lives her life invisible, but things happen and she becomes visible. It's made me look at my body differently (or at least my attitude towards it), and how I treat others, and it made me LAUGH OUTLOUD. More than once. Highly entertaining. (The main character even starts a blog!! How could I NOT like it?!) It's also got some Christian themes and references, but they aren't as prevalent as in Lori Wick's books. I'll definately be looking for more from her.
One final author I want to share with you is Alice Sebold. I read The Lovely Bones. It's the (fictional) story of a girl who was murdered in 1973. The book actually starts with the day she dies, and what her heaven is like. Most of the book is her looking down on her family, and seeing how they cope with her death.
I loved it. I couldn't put it down. It was sad and captivating and intriguing. There was very little language in it, but I just loved the story. It's not like anything I've ever read before.
I had checked out another book of hers, The Almost Moon. This one........I started and didn't finish. The book starts, "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily. Dementia, as it descends, has a way of revealing the core of the person affected by it. My mother's core was rotten like the brackish water at the bottom of a weeks-old vase of flowers."
Despite this rather abrupt and disturbing opening, I pressed on, quite curious. It tells the story of a daughter, caring for her elderly and ill mother. But within first 30 pages, there were multiple "rough" swear words, and I just didn't like the tone of the book. It takes a lot for me to not want to finish a book, but even as it lies here in front of me, I have no desire to read further.
It would seem a common thread in these two books of hers is that of a repressed mother. Both mothers in the books had plans outside of a family. They dreamed of and briefly pursued careers. Then in the mid 1960s, they got married, started families, and ended up resenting either their husband, their children, or both, because they had to stay home.
As I started reading The Almost Moon and realized that this was going to be an even bigger theme than in The Lovely Bones, I just decided that I didn't care to read another book about a repressed mother. I'm sure it happened to many, many mothers at the time, but I just didn't feel the need to read it.
I actually called my mother and told her briefly about the books. I said, "I'm just glad that you liked being a stay-at-home-mom and didn't scar me for life! Thanks for being a good mom and not making me want to swear at you!"
She laughed and said she hoped it would always be like that. I told her that I didn't think we had anything to worry about.
The next book on my list is The Poisonwood Bible. I've heard someone talk about it recently, but for the life of me can't figure out who it was. Have any of you read it? What did you think? Or what other books have you read recently?