26 November 2015

Thanksgiving Thoughts and Reading Plans

To all my friends in the United States, I wish you a happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday weekend. Hope you find time to read a book or two between tending the turkey and visiting with friends and family.

To everyone else, pardon our many photos of food over the next twenty-four hours and may your upcoming weekend be filled with all things good.

We're planning a quiet weekend at home. Besides cooking and eating, I'm looking forward to reading, walking, and doing some book culling. I may even get around to watching Jessica Jones.

Here are some the books I have at the top of my reading list. I may read these or pick up something else entirely. I'm going to see where my mood takes me.

LIke Family by Paolo GiordanoA couple of years ago I read and liked Paolo Giordano's The Solitude of Prime Numbers, so when I was offered a copy of his newest novel, Like Family, I didn't hesitate to say yes. According to the publisher's description, this is a story of a young family and their housekeeper. The themes seem to be marriage, parenthood, family, facing personal setbacks, and negotiating adulthood. I have high hopes. First sentence:

On my thirty-fifth birthday, Mrs. A. abruptly gave up the determination that in my eyes characterized her more than any other quality and, already laid out in a bed that by then seemed too big for her body, finally abandoned the world we all know.
I'm giving away a copy of this next week.

The Outlandish Companion Volume 2 by Diana GabaldonEven though the second volume of The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon entered my house in October, I haven't had time to sit down and read it. I don't plan to read this book front to back all in one go. Instead, I'll flip through, reading the essays (on language, on writing, on the television show, etc.), browsing the maps, and skimming the synopses of the more recent Outlander books. Good fun ahead. Here's the first sentence of the first chapter:
The Outlander series includes three kinds of stories: The Big, Enormous Books, which have no discernible genre (or all of them).
It's true: It's damn near impossible to describe the Outlander books by genre.

The Bone Hunters by Robert J. MrazekAlso high on my list is the novel by Robert J. Mrazek. I can't resist a mystery / thriller that stars an archaeologist. The first book in the series, Valhalla, involved a discovery of Viking ruins in Greenland. The Bone Hunters concerns hominid fossil remains found in China. The premise promises politics, the military, religious beliefs, and science combined with a twisty and action-packed plot. Good escape reading. Here's the first sentence of the prologue:
It was one of the two darkest nights Corporal Sean Patrick Morrissey could ever remember.
The opening scene is set in China in 1941, but chapter one takes us to Boston in modern times. I'll be giving away copies of both Mrazek books in a couple of weeks.

I have a gazillion other books on my plate, so we'll see what I really get around to reading over the next few days. Enjoy the weekend, and see you Saturday for Weekend Cooking!


(Diane) bookchickdi 11/26/15, 7:07 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving- I hope it's a peaceful, relaxing weekend for you and Mr. BFR.

Tina 11/26/15, 8:03 AM  

Happy thanksgiving to you as well! I am working on steaming beans as we speak. Prep for later.
That's a good book, The Outlandish Companion!

Molly Totoro 11/26/15, 8:53 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving! It is just the two of us and the weather is dreary. Perfect reading weather :)

bermudaonion 11/26/15, 9:22 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr. BFR!

Bryan G. Robinson 11/26/15, 9:35 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr. BFR too. I won't mind the food photos at all because I love seeing them - AND I plan on putting up my fair share of them too.

Katherine P 11/26/15, 9:37 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving! We actually do our big celebration tomorrow so all I have to do is bake rolls! I like your reading list. Like Family and The Bone Hunters sounds interesting.

JoAnn 11/26/15, 10:20 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr. BFR! And thank you again for bailing me out of my pre-Thanksgiving crisis yesterday. I'll probably curl up with a cozy mystery after all the cooking and eating :)

Tanya Patrice 11/26/15, 11:06 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving! A quiet day sounds so good to me right now :-)

Tanya Patrice

Rebecca 11/28/15, 9:04 PM  

I think I will put that Paolo Giordano book on my to read list.

Daryl 12/1/15, 8:02 AM  

late as always ... but i am loving these reccos tho not the Outlander because its too much like short stories and they are not my cuppa

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