Friday, January 5, 2007

First book finished in 2007

I finished my first book of 2007 - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I really liked the book even though it is so not like what I normally read. It was an interesting book, though I could have done without a few scenes near the end and I totally did NOT like the ending at all. I thought it was very abrupt and I'm confused by the epilogue. I read some of the reviews on Amazon.com and it seems that many others felt the way I did about the ending. All in all I enjoyed it and rate it Very Good.

I'm now reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield that I've seen mentioned everywhere in the blogs. I actually never heard of it until recently. I'm only on page 22 but liking it so far.

I'm also reading The Message Bible from start to finish. I started it at the end of November and am just about 10 chapters into Exodus. I've read the Bible through maybe 3 times in my life. I've never read this version before. I have no goals as to when I'll finish it. It's not a Bible for serious Bible study but I'm reading it as an overall flavor of what the Bible has to say. I know some people are against this Bible - I look at is as no different than hearing a preacher or a commentary expound on different Bible passages. People put the Bible into their own words all the time.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I look forward to reading more of your book reviews! While I don't have a strict book blog, I do review each book I read on my regular blog. Come visit! Hopefully we'll get reading material from each other!
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Dianne said...

I've been thinking about reading the Message also and I totally agree with you. No different than when pastors paraphrase or put the Bible in their own words. Whew - so nice to hear that!

Jane said...

Great idea to read the Message right through, I think it helps in reading the Bible a fresh way! Love your new book blog by the way....you really are a reader! Looking forward to your thoughts and reviews.

Literary Feline said...

Bel Canto's been in my TBR room for ages. I have read mixed reviews of it, but overall they are favorable. I am glad you enjoyed it! More incentive to pull it out and read it when I'm less bogged down with challenge reads! :-)

I do hope you continue to enjoy the Thirteenth Tale. It was one of my favorites last year.

Kim said...

Yes, the ending is definitely a sticky subject when it comes to discussing Bel Canto...most people either love it or hate it :0) And I hope you enjoy The Thirteenth Tale! I really loved it! I look forward to reading more book reviews from you...

Beckyb said...

I LOVED the 13th Tale - let us know what you think- I just thought it was one of my best reads of 2006!!