Yes, I’m still here – just absent from the blogging world longer than I wish – but that’s life with a 3 year old! It’s busy! And after working on a computer all day, often the last thing I want to do at night is to hang out on my computer yet again. I am more often hanging out with a bag of chips and a glass of wine on the couch watching “How I Met Your Mother” or “Big Bang Theory”.
The one thing I still continue to do everything however is read. Books help me relax, and this working momma needs that. I don’t read as much as I used to, but I still ensure I get a few minutes each night. I am currently reading “Fear The Worst” by Linwood Barclay – I’m not far enough in it is tell if I’m going to enjoy it yet or not.
Recently I have read:
“The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” and “The Girl that Played with Fire”, both by Steig Larsson. I thought they were great!! They were (for the most part) fast paced and kept my attention – which caused me to stay up way too late more than once. I’m going to be starting “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” shortly. I can’t wait to see how the trilogy ends.
The book I just finished was “Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. This book was one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It is about a three women – one in India, and one in California, and the daughter shared between the two. One of the reviews on Amazon described the book perfectly – “On the surface, this is the story of a child born in terrible circumstances, the twist of fate that changes her life, and her adolescent search for self that creates ripples with the people who surround her. Yet there are many more layers to this novel. There is great complexity in the relationships between parent and child, and husband and wife, making them both realistic and heartbreaking. There are the questions of class, education, gender and culture in our globalized society, so beautifully illustrated through two seemingly opposite families. The characters are imperfect, but they all learn and grow through their experiences”
I personally felt that Gowda was able to accurately describe many of the emotions with adoption – through many different view points. The emotions of infertility, the pain of making the best possible choice for your baby, the feelings of being adopted, the fears of an adoptive mom, and the strength of a mother’s love. At times I thought she was reading my mind. For that reason alone, I would love my friends to read this book – so they may understand some of the feelings I have had in the past – and may have in the future. Well, that reason and the fact that it is compelling, well paced, and a great story. One of the lines that I feel really resonates is “the family you create is more important than the one you’re born into.” How very true. If you are going to read this book – have some tissues handy – it’s at times a real tear jerker.
I was actually just trying to find my last book blog post – and it was in November. November! Yikes! Other good books I’ve read since then included:
“Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other” by Scott Simon (4 out of 5)
“Little Bee” by Chris Cleave (4 out of 5)
“Room” by Emma Donoghue (5 out of 5) – if you click on the link, be sure to watch the book trailer.
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett (5 out of 5)
So what are you reading? Any good suggestions? One I’m interested in is “Little Princes“.