I haven’t done a Friday Five for a few weeks, but in trying to live up to my self-chosen nickname and blog name, I have done a couple of books posts; nevertheless, I can always write about books. This one comes from fellow book-lover (though I think that’s many of us) Jan:
I hope some of you received books for Christmas presents; I did and have been reading ever since. Then I discovered a new author from those recommendations that pop up on Amazon.com. Instead of buying those books, I’ve been checking them out at the library, which will not help Amazon’s future recommendations for me at all.
So tell us what you’re reading, what you would and would not recommend–five books or authors! And if you don’t want to do that freestyle, here are some questions:
1. What books have you recently read? Tell us your opinion of them.
I plan to keep a record of books I’m reading this year and a brief opinion of them on the Books 2011 tab on the blog. That said, as a result of a Friday Five at the end of last year, I read Laurie R. King’s Folly which I really liked and expect to read again before too long. I like thrillers the first time for the thrill, but one like that has so much in it to absorb, I like going through it a second time without that need to race through and find out what’s going on. I like taking time to savor it. I wasn’t as enchanted with Keeping Watch, but I did enjoy it. I just wouldn’t recommend it to someone who doesn’t like the thriller genre.
2. What books are awaiting your available time to be read?
I have spent the last few years NOT gathering books to read, so right now, I am taking it one at a time. I don’t really have a stack waiting for me. I look forward to making a list today as I read the Friday Fives. I do think I am going to read through Madeleine L’Engle’s books for young people again this year. I just started A Wrinkle in Time and realized it’s been awhile. I also want to re-read the Narnia books soon.
3. Have any books been recently recommended?
I have a one-sided game going with my pastor. Every few months when I’m looking for a book, I’ll think, I should ask Pastor for a book recommendation and then I wait and within a few days, without my saying anything, she suggests a book or asks me if I’ve read an author. Most recently, she handed me her copy of RevGal Jan Richardson‘s In the Sanctuary of Women to take a look at and said, “Do you know her work? You will like this.” I had been contemplating ordering it anyway, so I went home and clicked the button. I just started it. I’m looking forward to savoring (I need another word) it over the next few months. (I do wish I could have bought an electronic version, though.)
4. What genre of books are your favorite, along with some titles and/or authors you like best?
In high school and college I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy and I still enjoy it, but I haven’t really kept up with it. My go-to genre for pleasure reading since then has been the mystery, especially the cozy mystery. I like Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series a lot. I’m a huge Margaret Maron fan, both Deborah Knott (a Southern judge) and the earlier Sigrid Harald (A New York police woman) books. Deborah and Sigrid are going to meet in the next book which is a little contrived, but should be a lot of fun. I’ll also put in a word for Dorothy Sayers (especially the ones with Harriet Vane, and extra especially Gaudy Night) and Josephine Tey. Even though I study the Middle Ages, I actually have a preference for Tey’s Inspector Alan Grant novels over the Brother Cadfael ones, as enjoyable as the latter are.
5. What have you read lately that you have a strong urge to recommend? (or to condemn?)
Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection. I haven’t finished it yet. I’m… Wait for it… savoring it. But I am thoroughly enjoying it, and I keep thinking, “so and so would enjoy this” or “I want to read this part to such and such.” I don’t know that everyone would like it, but it really is delightful.