I just read Ganelle's Posting about what she's been reading and realized it's been awhile since I've shared what I've been reading. I've actually been on a reading binge lately -- for two reasons. One, LOVING my Nook and two, I'm going back for my master's in nursing shortly (The 24th....ahhhhhhh) and want to do some reading for pleasure before I'm bogged down with reading about nursing theory and writing papers.
Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir is the last book I finished. It's a book club read, chosen by my friend Jacqui. She was worried she picked a bad one because she seems to have a run of bad luck in picking out book club books. But she did good. I had actually read this book a few years ago and didn't remember much of it except her descriptions of life in the Harem. Pretty lush descriptions about Harem life and what life was like of people of privilege during the 50's and 60's in Morocco. It reminded me of the book Under a Marble Sky by Jonathan Shors -- at least the lavish descriptions of the the life of wives and concubines in a harem of a king. This, for me, was the best part of the book, it had the most vivid descriptions and the most colorful. The story about the time she was imprisoned were slower and sad (which makes sense -- it just wasn't enjoyable). Their escape was courageous and I felt terrified for them while reading that section.
A side note, I actually had this book in my basement and during our continued clean up we donated it before this book got chosen for our book club....arggg, sort of reinforces my hoarding tendencies.
Another side note, this is not available on Nook or Kindle -- neither was Under A Marble Sky.
Jenn Lancaster (who wrote Bitter is the New Black and other funny stories). This is one of the first times I've actually pre-ordered a book (and have I mentioned how much I love my Nook for the ease it provides in doing this). This is more chic-lit, which, if you haven't noticed, is my favorite genre. This one made me cry (whatever, I can't help myself) and I went as far to cyberstalk the author and not only become a 'fan' on her Facebook page but actually comment on how much I liked the book (she even wrote me back -- feeling a little star-struck). The meat of the novel is about falling back in love again with your spouse. Even though the gulf between them was huge and the impetus to working on their relationship was dramatic, many of us who are happily married have those minutes-days-hours-months where we have, if not a gulf, maybe a gully, or gulch between us. It's not insurmountable but there and aggravating. This book was a reminder to reach across and do what you need to bring your relationships closer (not preachy, that's just what I got from the book). Have some tissues ready.
I'm reading Jen Lancaster's new novel right now, Wish You Were Here. It reads just like her non-fiction-bloggy-type-other-books so is quite enjoyable and a nice break after reading the heavy depressing Stolen Lives.
I'm curious to hear what the rest of you have been reading or if you've read one of these, what were your opinions?