Saturday we decided to take a quick drive up to Silver Lake, as the temperatures for the rest of the week were forecast to be much cooler. While we knew the colors were only beginning to change, we thought it would be worth walking around the lake, as it could be the last time before winter settled in.
The lower elevations of the canyon are covered with Gambel oak, which in a normal year turn a vibrant red-orange. This year the colors are anemic from lack of water. The drought has hit the canyons hard. Pray for (tons of) snow, but not until next week, please.
I'll share pictures of the lake with you later, but today I'm going to talk about books...TBR books, as well as a few others.
Becky commented that she would like me to review some of the books I read, as well as give them star ratings (they're on my side bar if you haven't noticed). The reason I do not write reviews is my lack of confidence when it comes to words (which may seem strange since I write a blog). Before I decide on a book I read all sorts of reviews from NYT, to New Yorker, NPR, Goodreads, book podcasts, plus book stores, and friend recommendations. By the time it comes to writing my own review I am at a loss for words and I can't explain, in a unique way, the impact the book had on me. I let the stars do the talking.
A five star review means a book was a perfect in every way, the story, the language, the strong feelings it left behind. Four stars mean it was nearly perfect, and so on as the ratings drop. I would not recommend two or one star books and admit to sometimes not finishing or skimming until the end. The stars on my blog are my personal rating system and what you like to read and what I like to read may be completely divergent.
Well, that was a long digression.
Carole asked us to list 10 books on our "To Be Read" list (my Goodreads list is 52 titles). I could go on and on about this list, which changes almost daily as interesting titles come to light.
1.The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna
2. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
3. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
4. Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
6. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
7. The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig
8. Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss
9. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
10. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
What's next on your list?