I'm linking up with Anne again. Here's what I've been reading this last month:
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Elizabeth Gilbert is quoted on the cover as loving every page of this "smart, romping, hilarious novel." I didn't feel as strongly as she did. This story moved slowly at first, but picked up as I got into it. I wouldn't call it a romp, or hilarious, really. Based on a true story.
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
The title says it all--over and over, Bolz-Weber finds God revealed to her in the most unlikely of people. I find it encouraging that a pastor keeps having to re-learn this lesson--it means there's hope for me. I don't love all the colorful language, but if she cleaned it up, I guess it wouldn't be her authentic voice. But still...
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
The book I finished in a day. I recommend.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The book I should have read in school. I will post a longer review of this in my reading challenge post. Glad I read it.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Wow. Such a gifted writer. His intellect is staggering, and his humility and compassion are so touching. I know there are people out there who don't like cancer memoirs, but this is spectacular. I will revisit this one often.
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
This month's edX.org book club book. I read this many years ago--think early 90's. That was also the last time I saw the movie (the Helena Bonham Carter version). Young lady travels to Italy, and a whole new world begins to open up to her. Makes me want to go to Italy.
Still Life by Louise Penny
I started this book last summer, but I didn't get past the first couple of chapters. It just wasn't the right time for me to start this series. But Anne has just raved about this series that I purchased the first three novels in a boxed set back in December when Amazon had a $10.00 coupon code. So--what did I think the second time around? Very good. This novel centers on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He's based in Montreal, but he is assigned to a murder in a tiny village near the U.S. border. The village and its residents are beautifully described. There are a few false leads, and it leads to an exciting conclusion that I don't think I saw coming. I do hope that the next book or two will include the character Yvette Nichol. It seems that the author spent a lot of time putting her into the story--she clearly has some sort of issues that haven't been identified yet, so I hope she will be fleshed out more fully. I guess I'll find out soon--I have the next two books waiting for me!