It has been a week since I last posted, and I don’t even have a review to post today. For some reason, my reading has stalled. I have been busy, with the holidays and a job search and my daughters in the Nutcracker, and haven’t had much time to read. I’ve also been working on the Facebook page for Bloggers Recommend, which is taking up some of my book-related time. (If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the Bloggers Recommend newsletter and follow the Facebook page. Lots of great book recommendations there from great bloggers.)
I have also had trouble getting into my next read. I picked up Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland a few months ago, read about 20 pages, and put it down. I have done the same with Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs, which hasn’t grabbed me either. I am listening to Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow on audio, and have found myself picking up the paperback and reading that instead of a different book. I need a pageturner to help me keep reading front and center during this very distracting time of year. Any suggestions?
One I might bump up the TBR list is Stella Bain by Anita Shreve, an author I’ve long enjoyed. I was recently offered a review copy of Stella Bain, her latest novel. Her publicist describes it as “a spare and elegant historical novel set during World War I. When Stella, a nurse’s aid working near the front, is wounded on a French battlefield, a British surgeon takes her in. It is an epic story about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.” I’ve enjoyed Shreve’s contemporary fiction, and was intrigued by the historical setting. I am looking forward to reading it.
I was also offered a copy of Stella Bain to give away to an EDIWTB reader. If you’re interested in winning a copy, leave me a comment below and I will pick a name at random next Sunday, December 21. Good luck!