Monday, March 25, 2013

Currently Reading | Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

My Currently Reading posts are shared as part of Book Journey's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week I gave up on The Lords of Salem. After about 70% or so I decided I just couldn't take it any longer. I didn't care about the characters nor what was happening to them, but mostly I was ticked because every time something interesting would happen, it would end with "It was only a dream" or "She woke up suddenly" and I had had enough of all that.

I finally finished reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.

I just started reading William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace. I'm not far enough in to have an opinion yet, but I'm hoping the novel lives up to the feeling of wonder and tragedy I get from reading the book's description.

From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

I'm in one of those reading moods where I panic every time I think about what I want to read next. There are so many amazing books I want to read right now. Does that ever happen to you? Do you panic when you realize you simply won't have time to read them all?


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  1. Regarding "The Lords of Salem," I just recently stopped reading a book for similar reasons. The worst.

  2. Oh don't you hate when you have invested so much time in a book and it disappoints so much that you don't want to finish it. I look forward to your thoughts on Ordinary Grace. I have been seeing this one on a few lists. I agree with you that there are just too many great book that it is overwhelming selecting which one to read next. I hope you have a great week!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  3. I have not read any by these authors. Have to check them out later.

  4. I can't decide on The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland.

  5. I have Ordinary Grace; hope I like it since I picked it for the setting.

  6. Too funny, I always get anxiety picking out my next book. But excitement too. I absolutely panic when I realize I can't read everything I want to read *right now*! I also wish I read faster. I'm glad you liked The Girl Who Circumvented...I haven't read it yet.

  7. I get that anxious feeling about all the books I want to read all the time! I've been reading a ton of YA this year but I'd like to get back to all the adult books on my TBR list.

  8. I really want to read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making... I've heard such good things about it.

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