Wednesday, August 24, 2011

State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

Date Started: 8/22/11
Date Finished: 8/24/11

One-Word Summary: Whaaaaaaat?!?

Since this is a fairly recent "hit" book I am going to be very clear here: Do NOT Click on the Link if You Want to Avoid Spoilers!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Winter Sea - Susanna Kearsley

Date Started: 8/6/11
Date Finished: 8/12/11

One-Word Summary: Scottish!

So another thing about me: I am obsessed with Scotland. I've been twice and I absolutely love it there. I love the landscape, the friendliness of the people and the gray cities. There is some part of me that feels like I am home when I am in Scotland, though I don't think any part of my family tree hails from there. In any case, I've never had the pleasure of reading a book set there, and since Winter Sea was, it automatically had a head start in terms of me liking the book.

The story is split in two: there is modern-day Carrie, a successful historical-fiction writer, and Sophia, the narrator of Carrie's latest story, set in Scotland at the time of the '08 attempt to bring King James back to the throne. At first Carrie thinks the characters are simply speaking to her more strongly in this book but she comes to find that she has a far closer attachment than she would have thought.