Since Katie gave me a literary shout-out today, I figured I should list some of the books I've read recently:
I Am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson. Recommended by NieNie, not recommended by Sister B, whom it reminded of badly applied makeup. Nevertheless, gave it a shot. First third, very good. Middle third, okay. Final third, meh.
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. Had my doubts when I checked this out from the library. Boring title, boring cover. It was on the library's list of top books of 2006, though. I really liked this book, found it quite enjoyable. Despite my Yankee upbringing, I am fascinated by stories of the Reconstruction South. The story of one woman's life is told by different characters, via different literary techniques (a diary, a series of letters, an affidavit, etc.) and is very well done.
Blue Moon Rising by Simon Green. A prince on a quest to slay a dragon. Yeah, sounds completely lame. And yet it's very fun and satisfying.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie. Also on my library's Top Books of 2006 list. SOOOOO good. Highly recommended. Fascinating glimpse into life in Nigeria during its civil war in the 1960s. Heavy, but so readable.