I alluded in my first post to the book I was reading as being my favourite to date and it was wonderful.
Classic Australian author Peter Carey wrote one of my all-time favourite books - Oscar and Lucinda and I know with one of his books I will always get a read that I can really sink my teeth into filled with emotion and intrigue.
This was no exception.
The Chemistry of Tears follows a story within a story - about a young Horologist (check it out and learn something new for the day!), Catherine who while grieving the sudden death of her married lover, is attempting to piece together a clockwork 'toy' or automaton that had been commissioned many years earlier by a man named Henry Brandling, for his sick son.
Throughout the course of the book you get to know these two characters and, for want of a better pun, find out what makes them tick. (click on the Horologist link and you will get it!!).
If you are not afraid of a book that is a solid and hearty read rather than a light and frivolous one, then grab a copy of this book.
Next up I read a trilogy by Jo Nesbo - The Oslo Trilogy; made up of the following three books; The Devil's Star, The Redbreast and Nemesis.
I bought this through the Kindle store on Amazon and read them on my iPad and while I am still a fan of the written word coming in book form it was a convenient way to lug around what would have been a big physical book.
I had earlier read another of Jo Nesbo's books and and they are a fast and exciting read - very much along the lines of the Millenium series.
There's a brash but loveable alcoholic cop called Harry Hole (unfortunate name I know!) and he is an intense and honest character who is seeking to solve the crime of his police partner's death several years earlier, along with trapping a serial murderer and not getting himself into too much trouble along the way.
These books are quick and thrilling to read but no literary masterpiece!
And the most recent read was the latest release from another favourite author - Anne Tyler.
One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog way back in 2007 was on another of her books 'Digging to America".
In that post I explain why she is a perennial favourite of mine, and it still stands.
This book didn't disappoint. She writes in such a personal way - you feel you know her eccentric and quirky characters.
This one deals with a man suddenly widowed and how he believes he sees and can communicate with his late wife.
It brings him to a series of realisations about him and his own strengths and weaknesses, and about the relationship he and his wife had.
Don't go in expecting a fast-paced thriller - this is not what Anne Tyler is about.
Instead expect her to build such depth of character that you feel you are in the person's life - if just for a short time.
So there you have it - the list so far.
Rudely, I didn't get back to the ladies who commented when I first posted this list so I will now.
Jacinta recommended 'The Book Thief' and I second her recommendation - it was a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed, quite intriguing.
Add it to your list!
Lizzie had the great idea of listening to books on her iPhone, while quilting - now that's what I call multi-tasking!!
As a librarian, Bronwyn has the book world at her fingertips - got any recommendations for us Bronwyn??
Amy is aiming to tackle 50 books this year and with a new baby on the way might find herself in for midnight reading!
Megan also enjoyed The Help - and I agree with her - read the book first. I find all too often that movies don't do books justice.
AJ - what have you been reading?? It's tricky to fit in reading time along with all else that family life brings.
Feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments - I love hearing what other people are reading too.