I’m joining the Sunday Salon party a little early today, as Sunday is going to be a busy day! Not only do we have church, CCD and Chinese school, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to finalize the purchase of our (new) pre-owned vehicle! In the meantime, I’m happy to tell you all about what I’ve been reading/watching recently.
For all of us living in the Northeast, these last few weeks weather has been unseasonably warm, which in turn gave us incentive to fire up our grills, sit out on our back decks and get some reading done! I’ve had the pleasure of reading some pretty good books while enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. The first one was Wonder by RJ Palacio, a novel that was surprisingly touching and one in which I can’t wait to share with my almost ten year old daughter (to find out why, check out my review here). I also finished Heft by Liz Moore, White Horse by Alex Adams and Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford, all three of which I received from their publishers. I’ll be reviewing each one in April.
At the moment I’m re-reading the John Irving classic A Prayer for Owen Meany, a book that I read probably ten years ago and one that has a special place in my heart. It’s the story of Owen Meany, a boy who believes there are no “accidents,’ that he’d been specifically selected to carry out the work of the Lord, that he was an instrument of God. Told by his best childhood friend Johnny Wheelwright, the story is set during the 50’s in New Hampshire, and Johnny, now a grown man, is reflecting on his extraordinary friendship with Owen.
I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of those rare novels that is thought provoking, extremely touching and will have you laughing out loud. HarperCollins recently re-issued A Prayer for Owen Meany in paperback (and also as an ebook!) so now is the time to get lost in this modern American classic.
I also saw that Carl V. has announced his sixth annual Once Upon a Time reading challenge! I hope to put together my list of must-reads for OUaT over the next few days. If you’ve signed up for OUaT, which books are you thinking about trying to read during the challenge? For right now I know that I’ll definitely read the upcoming The Age of Miracles by Karen Thomspon Walker (which I’ll be reviewing for TLC Book Tours this June). I also hope to get a copy of the graphic novel The Walking Dead Compendium One to read, as I’m having withdrawal fits ever since AMC’s season two of The Walking Dead ended last week. If you haven’t seen the TV show, which is a survival story of a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, then you are missing out on one of the best shows on television. Usually a TV show about zombies isn’t my cup of tea, but the story isn’t really about zombies. It’s much more a story about the people left behind and whether or not an individual’s humanity, or internal moral code, can survive in a new world. The first two seasons are now available on DVD to rent and I would highly suggest catching up with the series before it returns to AMC this fall.
Lastly, I hope to get to see The Hunger Games in theaters within the next week or so. I really don’t like to watch movies in a crowded theater (that is why we just saw The Lorax on Saturday morning – a grand total of ten people were in the theater)! I’m anxious to see how The Hunger Games translates to film and am thinking it might be a good movie to see with my husband after a dinner out for a date night.