A Few Good Books

We read a lot. The hours many people spend watching television in the evenings we spend reading. Even when we’re out climbing, hiking, and camping, after dinner you’ll often find us in our tent (or soon, our little popup camper!) reading until we get too sleepy.

I thought I’d pass along a few of the titles we’ve especially enjoyed recently along with my comments. I figure you can read the blurb for each one by checking out the books on Amazon, so I won’t repeat them here.

North of Here

North of Here by Laurel Saville
I loved the way the stories of the primary characters were woven and the rich, clear language of Saville’s writing. A theme seemed to be that wealth can make people shallow or weak, but also that you can’t judge people by their appearance or occupation.

I enjoyed the unexpected deviations from predictable story lines and thought the characters were very well drawn.




The Snow ChildThe Snow Child  by Eowyn Ivey

A unique “fairy tale” combined with a very realistic setting within the harsh environment of an Alaskan winter. I loved the writing style and the mixture of realism and fantasy.





Three Things I Did When My Father Died

Quirky, poignant, and delightful. I enjoyed the character thinking of himself as a series of people: Daniel 3, a youth, Daniel 4, the snide young man who tried to kill himself, and finally Daniel 5, the narrator. Excellent.


That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Let me know in the comments what you thought of them and if you’d like to see more of these mini-reviews in the future.


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