02 August, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

What are you reading Monday  is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. Head over and check out what others are reading!

What I have finished this week

Two books finished (and reviewed!) this week!

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb - finally managed to finish it this week! Yay!

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo - I came across this while shelving books at my son's school library and given how much I loved The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, I had to borrow it. I read it in a couple of hours this morning, between loads of washing, while sitting on my deck in the sun. Bliss!

What I am reading now

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

From Goodreads:

Sarajevo: a city under siege. As the mortars fall and the snipers conduct their deadly chess manoeuvres, a cellist sits at his window. The piece he plays, Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor, is all that restores his hope, at least for a time. On this day a bomb falls on the street below him, killing twenty-two people waiting in line to buy bread. For the next twenty-two days he will carry his cello into the cratered street at four each afternoon and play the Adagio in memory of the dead. The Cellist of Sarajevo imagines those twenty-two days through the eyes of three of its citizens. Kenan Scaron;imunović, who sets out every few days to fill containers with water for his family, with no idea whether he will return home. Dragan Isović, who longs to be reunited with the wife and son he smuggled out of the city months earlier. Arrow, a crack 'counter-sniper' too nimble and skilful to be killed by the besiegers in the hills, who is assigned the job of keeping the cellist alive. Exquisite and profoundly moving, The Cellist of Sarajevo gives life to the suffering, cruelty, courage and endurance of a broken city. It is a story about survival in a time of war, about honouring the dead while struggling to stay alive, about the temptation to hate and the refusal to do so, about the power of music to shape our humanity.
 I picked this up from the library after reading a review on Gerbera Daisy Diaries. Sounds very intriguing and after the long, at times torturous read of The Hour I First Believed, a quick read is very much in order! 

What's next?
Next on my list will be August's book group read - Mistborn: The Final Empire  by Brandon Sanderson. After that I may finally get the chance to read   We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. We decided at book group yesterday to reschedule this one for September.

So what are you reading? Leave me a link!


  1. Tales of Despereaux was a cute book and much better than the movie. The Cellist of Sarajevo looked very interesting too as I saw the post on Gerber Daisy Diaries too. Hope you are enjoying it. Have a great week.

  2. Is Mistborn a fantasy novel? I haven't heard of it (fantasy is not really my thing).

    Happy reading this week!

  3. The Tale of Despereaux sounds like it would be good! have a super week!

  4. Interesting that the book is better than the movie - I bought the movie for my granddaughter and we've watched it once, as opposed to the million times we've watch most of the other kid movies.

    Maybe I'll read the book to a class.

    The Cellist of Sarajevo sound good, might read it one day.

  5. I still haven't read the Wally Lamb book. Again the lament, too many books, too little time.

    For those who love words (guessing that's all of us) take a good long look at The Thinker's Thesaurus by Peter Meltzer. What a great reference book! It's got more than 15,000 entries -- but this is so much more than a "typical" thesaurus -- it doesn't just remind you of the word that's probably on the tip of your tongue but gives you more sophisticated and interesting synonyms, with actual examples of the synonyms, taken from recent books, magazines, etc., so you see that these are indeed real words used in real life. VERY entertaining and informative!