First, before I forget, if you want a chance to win a collection of gourmet salts, go to barbaraoneal.com and post a favorite food from childhood.
Let’s talk about books one more time before Christmas, shall we? What are you reading and recommending to others this year? What are some of your favorite reads of the year?
This week, I’ve been finishing Eclipse, the third book in the Stephanie Meyers group. I have read the oddest things about this book, feminist rhetoric that makes it plain the readers just didn’t get it. I’m a fan. It’s over-the-top romance, no question, but Meyer gets forbidden love. She gets yearning. She gets the conflicts we all feel at that age. Edward is lovely, but I really, I’m madly in love with Jacob the werewolf. Duh. He’s hot (as in physically) and when he changes, he’s a big furry…dog. Who adores her. Edward is lovely and cool and glittery and also adores her. It doesn’t suck to be Bella.
An adult novel that is lyrical and unique is THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY by Therese Walsh. Therese is a friend of mine, and I’ve known from the first time I read a page of her work (in one of my classes, not that I had a single thing to do with her success–the book was long written by the time I met her) that she was going to have a long and successful career as a writer. Last Will is the story of two sisters, separated by a tragic accident as teens. As the novel opens, it is years later and one of the sisters finds a mysterious sword that leads to Rome, to secrets long buried, to healing magic…and to love. It’s a hard book to classify–it is part puzzle, part relationship novel, part romance, part adventure; perhaps I could best describe it as a cross between a hip gothic and literary coming of age tale. Whatever you call it, it’s a fast-paced tale that readers here will enjoy.
Others I have mentioned here and wish to remind you: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, Garth Stein (my favorite book of the year); FIREFLY LANE, by Kristin Hannah (she has new books coming soon, too); ORANGE MINT AND HONEY, by Carleen Brice, which has been made into a television movie (she also has a new book out, which I have not yet read: CHILDREN OF THE WATERS). I’m sure there are others, including Midnight (below), but I’ll leave some room for other suggestions.
What else should be be on the lookout for this weekend as we rush into the last minute crowds?