Here is what has been occupying my literary world these days. It's quite a mixed bag, believe me.
My sister-in-law Cheryl told me I HAD to read "We Need to Talk about Kevin" because she had read it and NEEDED to talk to someone about it. It is a novel about killings at a school and unfortunately I was reading it at the time of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There are no answers in the book, only more questions and heartache. I wouldn't read it now, and if you do read it - have someone at the ready to discuss it with. You will need that to get it out of your head.
I just finished "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can't Stop Talking". It has given me new insight into why I can't abide eating lunch in a room with a lot of other people who love to talk and carry on without a break in the action the entire time they are consuming their meal. If you think you might me an introvert - you will enjoy it.
On my nightstand right now is "I am a Cat", written in the early 1900's by Soseki Natsume a Japanese writer. It is observations made by a stray cat about the humans around him. A very pleasant way to end the day. Thanks to Christine West for pointing it out to me.
And lastly I am about to embark upon "Winter of the World", the second novel in the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett. I am ready to pick up where I left off with the five families this book follows. I love a big thick historically based novel with characters that make me want to learn more about a time period. It's 31 hours and 30 minutes long. Don't expect a review before the end of February.