I usually participate in a meme of some sort on Thursdays but since Alyce from At Home With Books has ended My Favorite Reads and I don’t do Booking Through Thursday anymore (although I love reading the responses), I’ve been struggling with what to do with Thursdays. There are tons of memes out there and I like them all but I thought I’d do something a little less memey. I thought I would simply talk about the book I’m reading today. Marg over at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader does this every once in a while and I enjoy hearing about what book(s) she’s reading so I thought I would take a page and do something similar. It won’t be a review or a re-cap. I may even get lazy a few mornings and post only the cover and leave you wondering. Mostly it will be my first initial thoughts on a book and whether or not I’m enjoying it. Nothing fancy, nothing extravagant cuz I’m lazy in the morning and far, far, far from being a morning person.
Today I’m reading The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.
I requested this book which is something I don’t normally do (my TBR is big enough without adding promised reviews to the mix) but this made it onto my list a long time ago and when I saw an ad for copies in Shelf Awareness, I asked for one. Then it sat because I had other things to read and it’s long (672 pages), and while I love long books, I kept putting it off.
Yesterday, I decided it was time. So, here’s what’s happened so far (I will try to avoid spoilers and since I’m only 144 pages in that should be easy.) —
Edie Burchill is having dinner with her parents when her mother gets a letter that causes her to cry, something her mother never does. Edie gets her to talk about the letter and she finds out that her mother was a child evacuee during WWII and was taken in by the Blythe sisters at Milderhurst Castle. A short time later, Edie gets lost on a business trip and finds herself at the castle. She talks the sisters into giving her a tour, and after a creepy encounter with the youngest sister, she now seems a little obsessed with the castle and the sisters.
If you want general info, the publisher’s website has it. I don’t want to add more since that’s actually as far as I got in the book last night. I’m enjoying it but it’s reminding me of another book, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, and I keep comparing the two in my head and I need to knock that off or I won’t get through this one.
On another note — and since I’m talking about whatever I want today — I bought The Exile by Diana Gabaldon. It’s the Outlander graphic novel and, YES, Jamie Fraser looks nothing like the Jamie Fraser in my head but that’s okay. He’s still a hot Scottish guy in a kilt. 🙂 The Outlander series ranks high on my favorite scale so I had to buy this one since I own all the other books. It’s told from Jamie’s perspective, and I don’t read many graphic novels which I’m trying to change for the better, and I think a hot Scottish guy in a kilt will get me there.