In addition to the mid-afternoon slump that usually hits at around this time (it’s almost 3:30 pm here), we’re reorganizing the store, so I’ve been on my feet for the last 3 days, shifting every book from one shelf to another. Additionally, it’s February, and that means snowbird season here, so business has been a-boomin! But happily, I remembered it was Wednesday, so I’ve got a post idea in the bag, and a perfect excuse to sit at the desk for a while.
W.W.W. Wednesdays is a meme hosted by MizB at shouldbereading. To play along, answer these 3 questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. It’s a re-read (of sorts – I listened to it on audio the first time around, when it first came out in 2007. Sebold is the author of The Lovely Bones. This is one I don’t see a lot of in the store, but for some reason, we’ve got 4 or 5 copies all of the sudden.
I needed a protagonist in her 40′s (yeah, yeah – reading challenge book), and this one leapt off the shelves at me. I remember it as being pretty dark, but gripping, and I’m finding it much the same the second time around. I’m only a chapter into it, so I’ll reserve too much judgement for now.
I recently finished reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Wow! A little slow to start, but stick with it, and it’s well worth the time investment. A creepy English ghost story, set in a crumbling manor home in the countryside. Country doctor Faraday is called to Hundreds Hall to treat the maid and befriends the family where his mother once worked. The “ghost story” element of the book is subtle, building slowly in the background while the characters are drawn. It’s not overtly shocking, but I found it frightening in a “someone is tiptoeing behind you” kind of way. Waters was short listed for the Man Booker Prize for this one, and I’d call it a well deserved honor.
Next on the bedside table is Purge by Sofi Oksanen. (I’ve got to find a place in the reading challenge for this one, because I really, really want to read it next, and I’m running out of time!) Is it odd that anytime someone describes a novel as “disturbing and riveting” I immediately move it to the top of the heap? This one involves an escaped Russian sex slave who turns up in Estonia, collapsing on the porch of an elderly woman’s home. I’ll keep you posted!
Now, back to bookselling and shelving!