At this time of year, if I don’t do things right away, I lose complete track of them, so I’m doing a mega=post this morning. If you need coffee, get it now.
First, I started reading Boone’s Creek:Almost Home by Kathryn Neff Perry yesterday. I got this as a review copy because I am Southern at heart (see the link to the Challenge below), because I love dogs and this book is about a Search and Rescue dog, and because it’s by a writer new to the writing world. I wish I could say I was thrilled with what I read. But I wasn’t.
Perry has crafted a story that has great potential – people lost, a great sidekick – something like Patricia Cornwell might write. But the book has two major flaws, the writing and the writing. Perry’s language is simplistic; her sentence structures repetitive; and her sense of how to give backstory stilted and clunky. I won’t go on because I don’t want to be rude, and I do home that Ms. Perry will try again. But next time, I hope she finds an editor that can help her take her good idea and put it in compelling language.
This week for our second challenge (and I was remiss to do the first one – mea culpa) we are to include links from other bloggers to our review posts, and I’m in. If you have reviewed a book that I have reviewed here, please send me the link. I’ll then edit my post to include that link there. Dewey has a lot more details at the original Hidden Side of the Leaf site, so check her out.
Also, here are my five new blogs, that I should have posted last week.
1. Maggie Reads – A Woman with a mission (and a challenge – see below) to help Mississippi read. I hope she comes to Maryland next.
2. Adventures in Reading – A Baltimoron takes on books – love those local readers.
3. Scads of Books – A Reviewer with great taste (of course, because she loves books that I love).
4. Outside of a Dog – who couldn’t love a blog with that title?
5. All the Roadrunning – more of a travel blog but with great writing and posts on books, too.
Please no one make me do this again (as if someone held my hand to the search box) or I’ll never vacuum.
So here I am, so far behind on the Once Upon a Time Challenge, that I decide to take on another one. (At least I know I’m now alone since so many of you sign up for too many challenges, too). But this one gets at my little southern heart – The Southern Reading Challenge. Basically, I pick three books by southern writers and read them between May 15th and August 15th. . . This I can do.
So my three choices are:
1. Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor
2. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
3. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
And I don’t have to buy any new books (as if that’s a sad thing) – I own all of these and now have more incentive to read them.
Okay, so if you’ve reviewed something I’ve reviewed, let me know. If you’d like me to add you to my blogroll, let me know that, too. (I read so many blogs that I don’t always get them up there.) If you’re wondering if a Sunday could be a more glorious day (sunny, breezy, light air here today), let me know what, too. Have a great day, all.