December 26, 2012
I have a really nice chunk of time off for the holidays and we’ll be heading to Toronto next week to celebrate the new year and see Andrew’s family. I’ve got a great to-read list for the new year – what are you reading?
- Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton – I’m in the middle of this novel and really love it. We meet Arthur Hayman, who wrote a mildly-successful series of children’s books, the Hayseed Chronicles, and then was killed in a random accident. We then meet his family – his son Luke, who the main character in Arthur’s books are based on; Arthur’s eccentric wife Martha; his emotional and unstable daughter Rachel; Lila, the oppressive woman who illustrated his books; and Laurie, the random stranger who was there when he died. This book is really different than anything I’ve read recently and I’m loving it.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman – This is the January book for my book club. The main character Shadow has recently been released from prison. He and Mr. Wednesday “embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.” I can’t wait to start this one!
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I got this book in our annual book club holiday swap. We each bring a wrapped book, something that we really loved. We pull numbers out of a hat and take turns picking one of the books. I think technically we’re able to trade, if we want, but no one ever does 🙂 I got this book from Katie, who really loved it and thinks I will too. The goodreads review begins, “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.” Can’t wait to read it!