Good morning from sunny, but cool, Sanibel. Thanks to winter storm Grayson, our trip back took longer than expected. We spent an extra night in Fredericksburg, VA before setting out again Thursday morning. Our winter driving skills were really put to the test... the area around Richmond was especially treacherous! We canceled a visit to Savannah, opting instead for a quick overnight in snow-free but freezing Jacksonville, FL and finally got home late Friday afternoon.
As you might expect, I haven't picked up a book or audiobook for most of the week. I did, however, finish a couple of short books just before the beginning of the year.
Finished last week//
Hot Milk by Deborah LevyShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016, this book has been on my kindle for a while... probably purchased as a daily deal somewhere long the way. I have a weakness for big prize contenders and the plot sounded intriguing. Hot Milk turned out to be the kind of quiet, interior novel I tend to enjoy. The setting and narrative imparted a vague sense of unease palpable throughout, though the pace was somewhat slow. Overall I liked the book, but didn't love it.
The Best We Could Do by Thi BuiI'm not a huge fan of graphic novels or memoirs, but try to read one or two a year. Roz Chast is a favorite and I'd been hoping to get Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York from the library before the end of the year. When it became obvious that wouldn't happen, I looked for other possibilities. Described as "an intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam" this book has received praise from the book blogging community and was also available for immediate download from my library via hoopla. It was a quick, interesting reading, though I was only lukewarm on the artwork. (image source)
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneMy First Book of the Year, and unfortunately I have not picked it up since New Years Day. Now that we're back and settled, there will be progress this week.
About to begin//
Phineas Redux by Anthony TrollopeThe #PalliserParty continues! I plan to start the audio version of Book 4 (narrated by Simon Vance, of course) on my walk later today. Audrey and I have been slowly making our way through the six book series. You're welcome to join us!
How was your week? What are you reading today?