One of the nice things about a blog is that since we don’t all have to be any place at the same time, it can continue through the summer. But let’s change the focus since we don’t have a subject until October. Let’s just talk about what we’re reading.
This week I read two books and am starting another one.
The first is a mystery by Peter Lovesey The Tooth Tattoo. He has a list of awards a page long and a widely varied set of titles and themes. This one – while there are bodies around – is set in Bath England and most of the book centers on a chamber music quartet and the music being played. Not being a musician, I have no idea whether he got it right (if there are musicians out there, let me know) but it sounds authentic and I enjoyed the book.
Also read Claire Messud’s latest – The Woman Upstairs. In spite of her great reviews, this is an author I don’t seem to get. I was disappointed in her previous title – The Emperor’s Children and I didn’t love this one although it has an interesting theme – how much of another person’s life is an artist entitled to use to make their art and is it possible to be a great artist without being totally self centered. But – if you have read this and really liked it, tell me what I am missing.
Just starting Elizabeth Berg’s latest – Tapestry of Fortunes. When I was at the book store and she lived in Natick, we had several delightful events with her. Haven’t read her latest few but since Elizabeth has always written from her life, early pages of this one make it appear that she is in a more spiritual mood.
So what’s on your nightstand?