Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Group Part Deux

Last night's group did not disappoint. We were evenly split on our opinion of The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield. I, Husband, and Mama D found it flawed. The Foreigner, the Lurker, and the Actor all found it a good rainy-day read.

But since many of you seem interested in our picks, I'd like to share with you some of our favorites. These were either universally loved or the majority of the group really liked them.

As mentioned yesterday, I highly recommend Shadow of the EInd by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It's a thumping good read. A page-turning literary thriller with compelling characters and a captivating plot. It was one of the favorite books we've read and absolutely wonderful.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. A sweet, charming, delightful read about an eccentric family and their lives and loves in a falling-down castle in England. It's a gentle and warm book that's perfect for a cozy read on a rainy day.

A contemporary mystery set in a charming French village, Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker is a delightful read. The characters are delightful (and, thankfully, a sequel has just been released!) and the mystery well -planned and executed. It's a well-written story full of delicious food and words. Get out the brie and baguette, pour yourself a glass of red wine, and settle in for a good read.

Not a book group read but a new discovery by me is Louise Penny, a Canadian author of wild talent and scope. She has a series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. The first book in the series is Still Life and it's wonderful. Set in the southern Quebec village of Three Pines you'll be introduced to the quirky characters in the town. You must start with the first and read them in order because there is a continuing story that builds through the series. Her last book actually made me cry is was so beautifully written. Almost poetic at times and yet never lets the mystery side of things down. Absolutely great stuff.


Duke said...

Until about 10 years ago I read 2 or 3 books a week, about half were fiction. I've totally stopped reading fiction except for the newspaper.

I guess I just lost interest but your selections sound good. Reading is maybe the best use of time any of us can find. It seems to be a lost form though. Not many kids read now. Maybe they can't.

The Calico Quilter said...

I just can't read fiction anymore either. Mostly it's history, biography or science. Recently several biographies have kept me alternately captivated and appalled - one about the Mitford family (boy, THERE was a bunch!) and a couple about religious figures/saint types (who frankly seemed nuts, the whole lot of them). When I started the biography of Rosa Parks I felt like a swimmer who had been struggling in the deep end of the pool and finally made her way to the shallows where her feet could touch bottom again - back to reality!