Hello there! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Mine was another busy one and I didn’t get as much reading in as I had hoped. I am stalled with Frog Music, but I will pick it up again soon – it will probably be my lunch break book next week at work.

My book club met on Tuesday evening to talk about The Chosen and we had a good discussion about the two Jewish boys at the center of the novel, Reuven and Danny, and the different expectations their fathers set for their lives. I enjoyed the novel, but I have to admit that I did miss the lack of a strong female presence in the lives of these two boys. I suppose I read so many domestic, female-centered novels that reading a male focused book felt alien to me. Our March selection is The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham.

I have several books to write about, but I find myself not knowing what to say about them when I sit down at the computer. I think I let too much time pass between reading a book and writing down my thoughts about it – do you do that ? Or do you write about them soon after finishing?

March is going to be the month that I finally finish several books that I’ve had on the go for a while. The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter… and I believe there are several others that I’m forgetting. I’ve got to break this terrible habit of abandoning books that I like for no other reason than that I am capricious.

Have a lovely Sunday!


  1. Oh, The Chosen! I love The Chosen so much, in spite of the very marked lack of female characters. For as quiet as book as it is, I find it strangely enthralling — I am always taking it off my shelves intending to find a quote or read one part of it, and then I end up sitting on the floor reading the whole thing.

  2. I hope you love The Painted Veil as much as I did… it was a favorite several years ago!

    • I hope I do too! I’ve read Up at the Villa by Maugham and loved his writing style so I think The Painted Veil will be something I enjoy.

  3. Please do read The Homemaker – it really is extraordinary. And I loved The Painted Veil too.

  4. Lately I’m also struggling with finding the right amount of time to let pass between finishing a book and writing about it. I like to allow a little time to mull things over, but all too often a little time turns into several weeks, and then I start to forget all of the things I wanted to say.

    • That’s exactly what happens to me – and I even end up forgetting character’s names and other details of the story! My new resolution is to write about a book within 3 days of finishing it.

  5. I try to write about a book within a couple of days of finishing it. If I wait longer, I usually end up not writing about it at all.

    I bought a copy of The Painted Veil last year, after seeing posts about it. I’ve only read one of his books, at least as far as I remember (Of Human Bondage).

    • I think that I need to start writing down my thoughts (or at least making notes) soon after I finish a book – my brain isn’t what it used to be! 🙂

      I hope The Painted Veil makes for a good discussion.

  6. I was so impressed by The Home-Maker: I do hope you enjoy it. (And I see from your pic that you can keep house-plants considerably aliver than I can!)

    • I am enjoying The Homemaker – it is refreshing – now I need to finish it!
      I’m pretty good with houseplants! I have one that I’ve kept alive for three years now. You really have to baby them. 🙂

  7. I try to write my thoughts up on a book as soon as possible because otherwise like you I go blank on ideas!

  8. One of my resolutions for 2014 was to write about each book as soon as possible after finishing it and so far it’s been working for me.

    I loved The Painted Veil when I read it last year. I must read more of Maugham’s books soon!

    • That is a great resolution, Helen – I am going to adopt it myself.
      I’m so glad to hear that you loved The Painted Veil. I think it is going to be enjoyable for me too.

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