Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've been reading


In recent years I've had trouble finding new fiction that I really love, that resonates and makes me think. Books that are beautifully written, take me deep, and make me care about the characters and the story.

 My luck seems to be changing. I wrote here about The Dog Stars and here about The Snow Child.

In the past week I've read two achingly beautiful, mournful books that take big themes--war, friendship and loss (The Yellow Birds) and family, history, and loss (The Orchardist) and make them intimate.

Of course, just because I love them, doesn't mean you will. Book love is so personal--each reader brings different experiences and desires to a book. But if I do read a book that is moving and illuminating, I like to tell people about it.

Read more about The Orchardist here and The Yellow Birds here.


  1. Hi Jen, hope you are ok! I seem to be 'off' reading at the moment, havent read much at all recently.I do tend to go in fits and starts with books, I have been knitting more than anything else.Enjoy your week!

  2. Ha--I've been sick the last couple days. Low grade fever, etc. Not sick enough to stay in bed but enough that I'm behind on everything. Did my melancholy mood come through this post?

    Back with kittens soon.

  3. You are always inspired by your reading and I admire your way, Jen. I 'd like to read more next year. I was a little hustle and bustle ...

  4. always becaome excited when i hear that a novel is 'lyrical'. i've added The Orchardist to my goodreads list. thanks.

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