Apologies to my readers as it's been almost a week since I've written and truly, I miss it! The problem was that I had received a new book from Library Journal to read and review and I found myself, for the first time in the 5 years I've been reviewing for them, having trouble knowing quite what to say and how to say it. Can a reviewer have writer's block? I'm not sure but I'll tell you, it was an awful feeling.
The odd thing is that I did like the book, I'm sure it's an important book, and I hope it will get wide readership. Thetitle is Second Person Singular, written by a multi-award winning but controversial Arab-Israeli author. Of course, I always do my due diligence, so I had read interviews with the man and articles, some of which were relatively recent and from American sources. Anxiously, I sent it in today, the deadline, though I probably could have had an extension, I honestly didn't think it would help. The novel will be out in April. We'll see how it does then.
Meanwhile, Don found a website where I could create a QR code. You know, like you'd use in Target. So, how cool am I? One can scan my QR code and pop right up at my blog! You would almost think I'm a real techno-geek, wouldn't you? But you'd be wrong. My friend Jessica had to figure out how to load it into the blog and even she, the one we always turn to for all things computer related, hasn't been able to make it more discreet. It rather hits you in the eye when the page opens. We're working on it. Patience please.
Other than the paint thegarage floor project,(don't ask),which may take longer than I thought because Don, thank goodness, enjoys doing things right or not at all, I've been struggling with the latest novel by one of my favorite authors Penelope Lively. I'm not sure if it's the book or if it's me but I can't seem to concentrate on it and she's normally so wonderfully witty and dry. My kind of humor. How it all Began will be reviewed here soon. Maybe after the garage is a lovely shade of khaki?
Next up, Louise Penney's A Trick of the Light. I'm walking like crazy as I listen and learn all about modern art and meet up with my old friends from Three Pines. My next book discussion will be Ann Patchett's State of Wonder which is beckoning to me right now. Can't wait to delve into it.