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Heavy summer reading


Just finished Pillars of the Earth. The funny thing about this book is that complete strangers stopped me to tell me that they had read it ten, fifteen, and seventeen years ago. I had never heard about it. I saw a lady reading it on the train and decided it fit the bill for the chunkster challenge. So, how is it? Well, the book has its moments. Sometimes I could not read fast enough, and other times I was so tired of reading about mortar or a recap of what just happened that I actually put it down and read other things. I loved Alaina and Jack, but I really loved Philip. It had action, loads of action, it had drama, and it had politics. So, as far as huge books about building a cathedral go, it is my favorite. Weighing that against the fact that I have not read any other books about building a cathedral ...there you go. As for the sequel, I think I will wait until next summer to plow into that. I am playing catch up on my winter reading at this point-all that stuff I had to send back to the library when I was in school, I'm callin' it all back. And this works because there is not much out this summer that I am super excited about. I already read the new Sedaris, which was excellent. I also just finished Heart Shaped Box, which was better than average.
I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but I read two by Lani Diane Rich that were not half bad: The Fortune Quilt and A Little Ray of Sunshine. These would be perfect for the beach. If only I could get to the beach....

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Andrea said…
This is on my TBR list! I had never heard of it until a few months ago when my mom read it and recommended it. I keep waiting for a block of time to free up so I will have time to read it!

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