Quick Lit: September 2015
Today I’m linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for her monthly post, Quick Lit.
Here is a quick look at what I have been reading this month.
11/22/63 by Stephen King. I keep going back and forth about the value of reading super long books that take me forever to read. I started and stopped 11/22/63 about three times before finishing it on this go round. I am really glad that I stuck with it. This is a unique story that I really enjoyed. I do think I have discovered something really important about long books and it is counterintuitive. While I like the ease of reading a long book on my Kindle, it ends up frustrating me. I can’t really see my progress because the percentages go up so slowly and if I need to look back on something, it is really hard. I finally gave in and read 11/22/63 in paperback even though it was so big it was almost uncomfortable to read. I hurt my back during the time I was reading it and Rob joked that it might have been because I was carrying around such a heavy book!
Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brian. Z is for Zachariah is an upcoming movie so there’s been lots of talk about this book lately. As soon as I heard the title I was transported back to fifth grade. This is one of the books that I remember reading when I switched schools and realized there were many, many important books to be read. This is the story of a young girl who believes she is the only person left after nuclear war. I put it in the same thoughtful-ness category as Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia.
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Eagen. I have so much to say about this book that I’m pretty sure I will write a separate post about it soon. Elisabeth Eagen is signing books at Words in Maplewood next month and I am going to my best to get there. I will have a lot more to say on this must read to come soon. For now, let’s just say I felt like Eagen must have snuck in to our town and spent time with us all as she wrote this book- in an almost creepy but still super interesting way.
I love 11/22/63. It’s the only Stephen King that I’ve read, yet it’s one of my all-time faves. I have similar feelings about long books: they can be so wonderful, but I hate that they take away from reading MORE books! And I don’t like reading them on my Kindle, it makes them seem even longer.
I think you are completely right- I think I have the same problem with long books- they keep me from others!
I really loved A Window Opens, but I wasn’t expecting to at all.
I want to read 11/22/73, but when I got the audio from the library and put it onto my computer (I like to put it on my ipad and listen at double speed) it was over a day long! I guess it’s not that bad, considering that I’ve listened to quite a few 30+ hour long books from Audible, but when you see it as 1.3 days or something, it seems like too much!
Anyway, it sounds like that book is your version of a book that I’ve been at for years. I bought When Christ and His Saints Slept on Kindle and in Paperback and I’ve never gotten more than 25% finished. It is really good, but there are several characters with the same names, etc. So, I totally get your frustration!
Sarah- I feel the same way about A Window Opens. Thought it was going to be really fluffy but found it really thought provoking instead. And yes! It sounds like we had the same experience with a super long book. I felt like I had won a battle when I finished!
I am currently reading A Window Opens – love that you, as well as others liked it. Looking forward to your review.
I read A Window Opens a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVED it!