Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


 
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.
My 2013 reading list can be found here (not up to date at the moment).


I have hardly read at all lately, no complaints though as we have been travelling for the last month.

FINISHED:
Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)

I love Jo Nesbo books, and especially the Harry Hole series. I tend to read them out of order, it would be probably better to do them in order.
There is no sugar coating grittiness of the life Harry finds himself leading. The plot and characters are superb and it was impossible to put the book down.

Second Honeymoon


Now that her third and last child has left the nest, Edie Boyd's life turns suddenly and uncomfortably silent. She begins to yearn for the maternal intimacy that now seems lost to her forever. Be careful what you wish for…Before long, a mother-and-child reunion is in full swing: life away from the nest has proven to be unexpectedly daunting to the children, who one-by-one return home, bringing their troubles. 

With an unannounced new phase of parenthood suddenly stretching ahead of her, Edie finds her home more crowded than ever. In this touching, artful novel, Joanna Trollope has created a family drama for the ages, a moving story of work, love and eternal parenthood.

Boring! I consider Trollope's books to be "beach" reading, frivolous spying on other people's lives. However, this one was not up to any of her other books I have read.

STARTED:
The Infinities (Borzoi Books)

On a languid midsummer’s day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra’s “young man”—very likely more interested in the father than the daughter—who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.

But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals—among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam’s wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: “We too are petty and vindictive,” he tells us, “just like you, when we are put to it.” As old Adam’s days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . 

Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human—a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.

3 comments:

  1. The Infinities certainly sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I like the cover of Second Honeymoon. :)

    I didn't stop last week so I am stopping this week. :)

    ENJOY your reading week and your Christmas week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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