2.27.2012

On My Nightstand...

...you will find:

  

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

What are YOU reading?

{In review}



In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Although it took me almost a year to get through the first 1/3 of the story (other books got in the way), once I made the decision to finish reading about Bryson's outback travels, I blazed through the final 2/3's. His dry sense of humor kept me in stitches, and his humoristic take on subjects that would otherwise be told as serious cautionary tales (i.e. death by shark, crocodile, and sword) are just some of the many reasons why I enjoy his writing style. If I had to pick one thing from the book that I could have done without, it would have to be the emphasis on the evolutionist theory throughout his Australian trek, but considering the source, it wasn't something that would detour me from reading it again. If this book doesn't make you want to at least visit Australia, then I don't know what will!

5 comments:

  1. Seeing my beloved Anne on your nightstand makes me feel better about the "kid books" that keep showing up on mine! :)

    I finally finished Flight of Passage (Buck) - hard to get through the first half, but the second half was much better. (I'm not going to recommend it though.)

    I am almost done with my Winston Churchill bio...and it's actually the only book I'm currently reading! How did I get down to just one book?!? (That'll be an easy fix...)

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  2. Oh my! I loved, loved Anne of Green Gables as a child. I read it so many times. You've made me want to revisit one of my old favorites :)

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  3. Waiting patiently for the Major Pettigrew review. Willing to give me any hints as to what you think of it so far? ;)

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  4. I haven't read the Pettigrew book but I'll look out for it. Love Anne of Green Gables! And I'd like to read Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned country... bet it would be a hoot!

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  5. Jamie - Oh, you should never feel badly about having a kid book on your list! :-)

    Erika - Go for it!!

    Molly - Here's a hint: I haven't been sucked in to it like I thought I would be, but I'm not making a decision about it yet.

    Sophie - I'd be interested in your take on Bryson's book, mostly because I read it as an American who had never been to Australia, and Bill is an American (with a lot of Brit to him). I'd love to hear an M.K. perspective! :-)

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