Jan over at Revgalblogpals has this Friday Five game for us:
I hope some of you received books for Christmas presents; I did and have been reading ever since. Then I discovered a new author from those recommendations that pop up on Amazon.com. Instead of buying those books, I've been checking them out at the library, which will not help Amazon's future recommendations for me at all.
So tell us what you're reading, what you would and would not recommend--five books or authors! And if you don't want to do that freestyle, here are some questions:
1. What books have you recently read? Tell us your opinion of them.
I did not receive books for Christmas, but I did receive gift cards, and am making use of them (both for real and ebooks).
I recently read a children's book called "Forge," the second in a series by Laurie Anderson, about two African-american young people seeking their own freedom at the time of the U.S. Revoluationary War. The first book is "Chains," and features a young girl, Isabelle, who was supposed to be set free in her master's will, but was not. The second book follows more closely her friend, "Curzon," who ends up fighting with the troops at Valley Forge." (I also read the third Chet and Bernie mystery, "To Fetch a Thief"; very fun, and told from the dog's point of view.) I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time as well...
2. What books are awaiting your available time to be read?
I have an e-wish list that includes "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," "Room," "The Grace of Silence," among others....
3. Have any books been recently recommended?
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by a new member of my book group.
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (just recommended at Saturday Bible Study)
Eat, Pray, Love (no, I haven't read it yet, or, seen the movie.)
4. What genre of books are your favorite, along with some titles and/or authors you like best?
For fun, I love a good mystery. I also love young adult novels these days and memoirs. I'm fascinated by memoirs: is everyone writing a memoir, or what? I always love a good novel. I've been re-reading some of the "Little House" books lately.
5. What have you read lately that you have a strong urge to recommend? (or to condemn)
I really liked "Forge", as you can tell. I also read "The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay". Though it wasn't perfect, I thought it was beautifully written.