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This morning over breakfast, my husband looked askance at my current read and launched into a rant about books with kitschy titles. Well, we wouldn't have been together for 25 years if we didn't share some common views. And I admit that my first reaction to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was similar to his. But then I read superb reviews from bloggers I respect, like dovegreyreader and caribousmom, and this book seemed to be popping up everywhere I looked. So I added my name to the growing list of interested parties at my local library. They responded by ordering more copies, bless them, and I moved to the top of the queue within just a couple of weeks. And now I'm reading it. And loving it, I tell you, absolutely loving it. It's a quick read; I started late yesterday and am already about halfway through. I've intentionally set it aside in order to savor it a bit.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was also just what I needed after reading Halldor Laxness' Independent People. This 470-page epic took me nearly a week to finish, not because I didn't like it, but it was just a dense, challenging read. I was a bit lost for words when it came to writing my review. But I liked it; trust me, I really did.

Also this weekend I've been thrown into a list-maker's conundrum. For quite some time I've been maintaining this post, diligently tracking my progress reading the "1001 Books to Read Before you Die," based on the book by Peter Boxall. Now, you might think that my conundrum stems from the release of a new edition of this book, in which some works were dropped and some others added. Well, yeah, that was annoying and a blatant marketing ploy. But what's worse is that in marking up the aforementioned blog post with links to my reviews, I have now exceeded the maximum size post allowed by the LiveJournal gods. Grrrr .... So now I have broken down and adopted Arukiyomi's spreadsheet, which is a really fantastic work of art that spreadsheet geeks like myself just have to admire. But my conundrum is, how to inform the world of my progress? I suppose I will create a new blog post listing only those works read. I'm not likely to read all 1001 anyway, so I should remain in good graces with the LiveJournal gods. I dunno. It's a conundrum.

Well it's a beautiful day and a long holiday weekend here in the US, so I am now off to enjoy it. And probably finish The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. If I do, that will make 9 books read in August which is some kind of record for me (even though 2 were "did not finish"....) I wish all of you a wonderful day, wherever it takes you!

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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I love that you are loving it! Can't wait to read your thoughts when you are done...and congratulations on 9 books this month!!
Aug. 31st, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
First link!
Wow... I only upped this new version yesterday and already someone has linked to it! Congratulations and thanks for being the first Laura!
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: First link!
Happy to give you the publicity! The spreadsheet is a very useful tool!
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've heard so much about Guernsey Literary as well, I didn't really want to read it at the beginning but since I've heard such rave reviews, I think I'm going to have to read it!
Aug. 31st, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think I'm something like reservation number 53 for Guernsey. I shall have to start dropping birthday hints!
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
For sure, Ann, it's very enjoyable. It was also a quick read; I just posted a review this morning.
Aug. 31st, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Laura, I was rolling my eyes over the title when I first heard it too; now I can't wait to get my hands on it. I was informed that it's on its way to me for my birthday!!! yea!!! So I'll be reading it next week.

Enjoy your holiday!
Sep. 1st, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I loved "Guernsey," too. Got it from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, so I read it a little ahead of general publication, and I've been shamelessly promoting it for a couple of months now. Yeah, I was also a little put off by the title at first. But the book more than makes up for that cutesy-ness.
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