Friday, February 18, 2011
What I am reading
The Tenth Gift was by far my favorite book in a long time. We have all heard about the abduction of slaves in Africa. But around the same time many people were abducted from Europe by Middle Eastern Pirates, to be sold as slaves in Morocco and this is the story of one such person. The Tenth Gift has the same feel as the books that I love by Kate Morton. There is a modern day character (a rather annoying one!) who finds diary notes jotted down in an old embroidery book that was given to her as a gift by her ex lover, and she begins to put the story of this girl together.
Cool Water was another very good read. Written by a Canadian author, the story takes place in small town Saskatchewan and has many different characters. I could relate to it, since I have lived in small town Saskatchewan and I felt that it portrayed that lifestyle well. I could understand the characters well, the way that you grow up in one place and know nothing else and kind of get stuck there. It is kind of fun to read a book, where a character will talk about the Canadian Finals Rodeo that they went to as a kid in Edmonton (where I live), or a weekend trip to Medicine Hat (where I went to High School) or Swift Current.
I have been trying to decide if I would like reading e books on my i pad. I LOVE books. I LOVE holding a book in my hands. I LOVE turning the pages. I LOVE the smell, the feel and the look of a book. But how convenient to have my library all in one place, without clutter. I think in the long run, this is the way that books will be read. In the same way that video stores are going bankrupt, book stores may be headed in the same direction. And it is environmentally friendly, right?
I decided to read The Thirteenth Tale on my i pad. I wanted my first e read to be a really good one. And it is. And I am not minding reading it this way. My only issue is that with such a great book... I cannot share it or pass it on. And the book still costs about $15.00. Not such a great bargain, when it is only me reading it. If they came up with a way to share books, I might be more convinced. At this point, I will likely still purchase "real" books, but every once and awhile, if I can get a good deal, I may be tempted to read on my i pad.
On to The Thirteenth Tale... if you have read any of the Kate Morton books that I have recommended, and liked them, or if you have read The Tenth Gift, and liked it, you will love this book as well.