Reading Log, March 2009
In March, I had not yet left for the US. All of this reading took place in Poland, including the audiobooks. In fact, I didn't have time to listen to audiobooks while I was in the States.
The House of the Prophet by Louis Auchincloss
This is the 3rd book I've read by this author. I'm definitely an Auchincloss fan (especially since I found out he's related to Edith Wharton), but his books are not light reading--lots to think about and completely character-driven.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Everything I've ever read by Anne Tyler has been top-notch, and this was as well. It the bitter-sweet story of a family muddling along, not always being very nice to each other (to say the least), but never entirely abandoning the family bond, either.
The Appeal by John Grisham
I finally got to read his latest (found it my library of all things--they don't have new books very often). I'd rate this one as just okay--not his best.
The Perfect Spy by John LeCarre
I like spy novels from time to time, but this was less a spy novel than the story of a son suffering from a dysfunctional relationship with his father. I won't be picking up more by LeCarre.
Something New by P.G. Wodehouse--(audio book from Librivox)
This was funny, as most of Wodehouse's books are. I love his understated humor (make that "humour") that just keeps going and going.
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
This falls into the category of psychological thriller, and I like to read this sort of thing from time to time. This one reminded me a bit of Ira Levin. You see things from the criminal's point of view, but you still don't like him or approve of his actions. There are more books about Ripley, and I'll read them if they fall in my way, but probably won't search them out.
But Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock
A woman in mental institution--it's not a pretty scenario, but it was an okay book. It was semi-autobiographical. This is the second book I've read by this author. I'd definitely read another, although I wouldn't call her a favorite. But she does characters well, and if the characters are really well-drawn, I'm hooked.
Those were the books I read in March--seven in all. It's such a tidy, modest number, don't you think? The book gluttony didn't start until April, you see, when I left for the States...