Monday, January 11, 2010

What I'm reading...



I received some great books over the holidays, so I’m making my way through them, bit by bit. I first delved into A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, which is the autobiography of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row across the Atlantic solo. She’s also the first woman to ski to the South Pole. Murden McClure lives in my hometown and is very much the local celebrity, but I’ve never known much about her. So, to learn about her life, the struggles she faced in childhood and adolescence, her strong dedication to her mentally-disabled brother and how she went on to achieve amazing things -- often in the face of adversity -- well, I have a new-found respect for her.

Now I’m onto fiction, reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, so I was quite anxious to read this novel. I’ve been glued to the pages each night. Niffenegger has a gift for writing about other-worldly things – she is so creative. I won’t go into great detail about the storyline, so not to give anything away. I’ll just say if you haven’t read it, get a copy soon.

Hope everyone is staying warm. It’s supposed to thaw out a bit later this week. This weekend flew by – not sure where it went. I had a Junior League workshop on Saturday morning, so Hubby took the kids sledding. I then hit Whole Foods on the way home to pick up soup, artisan bread and cookies for our new neighbors. Sunday morning, Hubby and I volunteered in the nursery during Mass. We were surrounded by nine toddlers for an hour. It was fun, though – a great group of kids, including our Little Man. Luckily, another parent helped out, so we could divide and conquer if needed.

Happy Monday, y’all!
Images courtesy of apearlinthestorm.com and Barnes & Noble

11 comments:

Seersucker Scrapper said...

Both sound interesting. Going to have to put them on my 'To Read' list.

TFS.

Christyrenee said...

I have Her Fearful Symmetry, but haven't started reading it yet! I also loved The Time Travelers Wife!! Looks like it's next on my list ;)

Ashlyn Stallings said...

Ooh, these do sound good. I'm always up for a new book.

And tomorrow's the big release day for VW, and I couldn't be happier. I wore their last album out!

Summer is a Verb said...

Just could not get into The Time Traveler's Wife but willing to give this other a chance. Too distracting junk tv on this time of the year and I have a dozen brilliant books collecting dust on my nightstand. Shameful...XXOO

Henley on the Horn said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend! I want to check out these books! Stay warm!

A Refocused Life said...

I'm still in my cleaning mode after the holidays. My need for 'nesting' should be coming to an end soon, so I'm looking forward to Vicki Archer's book, My French Life, which was one of my favorite Christmas gifts.

LPC said...

Thanks for the recommendations!

Jane said...

Hi there. Haven't seen the McLure one but will look out for it. I have to say I was disappointed with the Niffenegger - the sense of location in Highgate was amazing and she writes very well but I think the narrative had some holes, some of the characters actions just didn't make sense to me. Anyway, still worth reading.!

Jo said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Have you read The Help? I just finished it for Book Club ~ it was fabulous!

Jo

bevysblog said...

I'm reading Same Kind of Different as Me for the Bloom bookclub. I'm only in the beginning, but it is amazing! Love having a good book to read... especially as that is my goal this year: read more!!!

Enjoy your selections!

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