Sunday, 13 April 2008
My first time at the Sunday Salon and I've unintentionally managed to read three books that have dealt with similar themes: finding yourself; finding your place in the world; challenging conventional norms of behaviour; aspiring to a different kind of life or way of living.
Different as they are; I have enjoyed them all. The Secret History by Donna Tartt is one of my favourite books, it's beautifully written and gripping. I know I will read it again and probably discover new layers in it.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is sweet and inspiring. It left me feeling I needed to open my eyes and notice the world a bit more when I'm walking through it. I have a tendency "to live like a hermit in my own head" (to channel the lyrics of Death Cab for Cutie).
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks made me laugh out loud as well as making me think about the assumptions and limits women still face and battle against. I really enjoyed E. Lockhart's writing, Frankie was such a strong and engaging character. I also loved the way she played with language in the book.
This afternoon I've been curled up on the sofa, digesting a particularly large and filling brunch and indulging in the many pleasures of The Duke and I by Julia. Becky recommended these series of books a while back and they are perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Very funny, full of smouldering heroes, beautiful débutantes and lots of witty dialogue. I particularly like the gossip column at the start of each chapter.
I'm off to read pick up some more recommendations at the Sunday salon. Enjoy the last hours of the weekend.