A mixed bag of books


What books are you reading this week? My bag is mixed.

The Lester Family on San Miguel

I finished San Miguel. What an interesting story! The last third covered the Lester family, the “Swiss Family Lester,” who became famous for their life on San Miguel during the 1930s. The Lesters were newlyweds when they arrived on the island in 1930. The next twelve years were full of adventures, not all with happy endings.


After I went to see the Auschwitz exhibit last Thursday, I picked up a copy of Elie Wiesel’s Night.┬áIt will take me a while to get through this one. It’s a short book, only about 120 pages, which ordinarily would only take me a couple of hours. It’s intense, though. Seriously intense.

To help fill in my reading time when I just can’t face Night anymore, I also started Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. I did not realize that this book was used to make a television series for the BBC back in 1996. I’m glad I didn’t see that because I think it would have ruined the book. It’s more than a little offbeat and is definitely not something I would ordinarily read, but I’m really enjoying it. Best described as “urban fantasy,” it’s sort of a modern-day Alice in Wonderland story. Sort of.


Lastly, I listened to A Man Called Ove over the weekend. What a delightful book! I’m really glad I listened instead of reading. It was terrific, everything I had heard it would be.

I’m not sure what I’ll read next and I’ve decided that I should quit saying. Seems like I plan to read something and something else pops into first place.

What are you reading this week?

  • Wendy Tuma

    Just finished Rules of Civility and enjoyed it; it’s a little quirky, but that’s ok. Finished another book that was a total bomb. Not sure what’s next.

    • I am finally getting around to listening to Ove today…didn’t happen as planned last week. But it should just about fill a workroom day, so…win!

  • cindy parry

    Since I just finished America’s First Daughter, I was inspired to pick up another of my many Jefferson-themed books, “Monticello: a Family Story” by Elizabeth Langhorne, a Charlottesville resident. So far, so good. Just started. Also reading, “We Were Liars”. Mixed reviews. Short read. Will LYK. Also, am reading an oldie, “Kansas Troubles” by Earlene Fowler just for fun and to report to my guild as I am librarian. Proud to say I have a high success rate of getting books I review to be borrowed from our collection.

    • Will be curious to know your thoughts on Monticello and Liars!