Monday, February 14, 2011

Currently Reading

Oh! Spring has arrived! Maybe only temporarily, but it's here. The weather has been gorgeous, after such a mess of snow and ice. I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon reading and soaking up the sun. Today, with the weather equally nice, I walked my dog at the lake and listened to birds chirp. I noticed green shoots in my yard, meaning the daffodils are not far behind. I think I've had a productive enough morning that I can read outside again this afternoon. I just can't get enough of this sunshine!

I'm currently reading The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek. I read a lot of blogs about books, and reviews in different places, and have a habit of scribbling down titles of books that sound good on various pieces of scrap paper. And then sometimes I lose the scraps of paper. This is one of those books, and I just happened to come across when I was browsing at my current favorite library.

I started it, and didn't think I was going to finish it - there are references to The Great Gatsby, which I read in high school and don't remember much of, and I was afraid the book was going to consist of an awful lot that I'd simply skim over. But, that turned out to not be the case and I'm really enjoying it.

Two half-sisters, who are complete opposites, have inherited a house in Southampton from an aunt. They are supposed to spend a month in the house, before selling it, although there is some disagreement as to whether they should sell it. The book is sharp and witty and an entertaining story with great characters.

Here's a quote I love:
"Our first party on the porch started as summer vacation does, giddily hopeful. The early part of the evening, with its fragrant, darkening air, held such expectation, like the beginning of summer: this is going to be fun." (p. 45)

And, like the beginning of summer, and, I think of spring, too, this book is fun.

What are you currently reading? And do you have a good system for keeping track of what books you want to read?


  1. I wish I could be reading in the sunshine with you and Paisley. Maybe we'll get a little time at Spring Break!

  2. Ooo I love your enthusiasm about books. I love reading! Thanks for all these great finds, I'm gonna try and find some of the ones you've posted about. I'm Bonnie (Pink Stitches from Swapbot) :D