Friday, March 28, 2008

Cold Weather + Snow + Flu = Book Reviews

The weather has been decidedly un-lamb-like for the end of March. Maybe this weekend will be better. John and I have also had some kind of flu-thing since Monday - fever, dizzyness, achy all over, and a general desire to sleep. John's record was sleeping 21 hours in a 24 hour period. I wasn't far behind with about 18.

Anyway, when I haven't been sleeping, I've been tucked in bed, reading. I've FINALLY finished Behind The Scenes At The Museum, by Kate Atkinson. It's won all sorts of awards, been praised by everyone to ever lay eyes on it, and I HATED it. I thought it was really dull. The characters, however, were very well-drawn (but nobody was particularly likeable). It picked up in the last 100 pages or so, but I didn't think it was worth slogging through the rest.

I then read Kate Morton's The House At Riverton. The premise was extremely similar to Atonement, although I liked Riverton much better. Kind of a cross between what I wanted Atonement to be and Water For Elephants, although not as good as 'Elephants.' The sensibilities of the 'downstairs' staff in a big country house in WW1 England were extremely well-captured, and the overall mood was perfect.

3 comments:

Kat - Taylor Made designs said...

I might have to check out that last book. (I loved water for elephants)

I am reading Eckart Tolle's newest book. Maybe I'm not ready for a full on awakening, but I'm not plowing through this book at all. Very slow going and hard to get your hands around it all.

Anonymous said...

get well wishes to both of you xx

Anonymous said...

forgot to say get well wishes from M