Saturday, January 12, 2008

BACK TO BOOKS AND BLOGGING




I have just finished two books. No, that is not the reason I have been out of touch lately. I attribute my bloglessness to just plain laziness.


One book, "Lottery" by Patricia Wood was on kookiejar's reading list. It is on my Fall Reading Challenge which I never really finished. I loved this book. It offers an insight into the lives and outlook of people in our society whom are so often ignored. As Perry says, "I am not retarded." Perry has an IQ of 76 which is one point over the mentally handicapped line. While the people in Perry's life are often cruel, there are stars among the darkness. Often funny, often sad, the characters are unforgettable, especially Perry. The author herself is a specialist in the field of mental disabilities and this first novel is outstanding. Oh, yes, the highlight of Perry's story is that he wins the lottery - $12 million. Please read this book. It is excellent!





The second book, "Home To Holly Springs" by Jan Karon, was a gift to me from my dear friend Lynne. (She even had it autographed for me!) For those of us who have joyfully followed Father Tim and the town of Mitford and its citizens, this is the beginning of a new series. I was afraid after the last book of the Mitford series that we would not see Father Tim again, but, happily, he continues with new adventures. Jan Karon surely would not let us down. I missed the old characters, but we do learn Father Tim's history and we find the author is paving the way for new friends, family and adventures. I enjoyed this book although I think the ones following this will be better. The author has to start somewhere to start to build the stories and this book is the foundation. I look forward to reading the future books in the new Father Tim series.

I think I am back in the groove, dear bloggers. I will be catching up on your blogs tomorrow.



8 comments:

ORION said...

Much aloha to you Violetlady!
And thank you!
Patricia Wood

Lynne said...

I loved LOTTERY. I'm so glad that you read it. And you got a comment from the author too!

I knew that you'd like the Father Tim book! I haven't read it yet. I'll read the copy that I got for Donna when she's finished. I heard that the next one takes place in Ireland and that Ms. Karon is going there to do research. Wish I could go with her!

BClark said...

Welcome back, glad you are catching up on your reading. I have been on a mystery reading kick here. Rita Mae brown, so far am loving all her books. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Barbara

Willow said...

I have never read anything by Jan Karon but I keep coming across her name. I'm going to have to go to the library and look her up.

Morning Glory said...

I got this Jan Karon book for Christmas, and I've really enjoyed knowing there will be more of Father Tim. I was so sad when the first series ended.

Linda said...

Hi, welcome back. Both books looks like good reads. I love to read...mainly mysteries. Enjoy, Linda

kookiejar said...

I'm so glad you loved "Lottery" as much as I did! Hooray! :D

Nan - said...

In the Mitford books, often when Father Tim recalled his childhood, it was quite melancholy for him. I wonder if this new book has that sadness.