Three years ago, I spent nearly 3 months researching the Amazon Kindle. I knew I wanted to buy one, but at the time it cost over $400. When I started traveling frequently for work, my Amazon.com credit card was ridden hard and put away wet and I decided I would save up my $25 gift certificates until I had enough for a Kindle.
I didn’t have to use them, though. For Christmas two years ago my mom gave me my much anticipated Kindle. Annoyingly, she insists on forgetting the word ‘Kindle’ and instead refers to my dear sweet Kindle as ‘The Klee’.
Anyways, as the public library system in Seattle irritates me to no end, I use my Kindle much to the same end. Once a month or so, I go on a Kindle purchasing spree and snatch up anything I can get my grubby hands on. I have read about half of the books in my Kindle and have decided to dedicate certain posts in my blog to Kindle books I have read, or Kindle books I plan to read.
This week: When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
Monday afternoon in the S Terminal of Sea-Tac International, I entered Hudson News looking for The Queen’s Fool so that I could snap a photo of its cover for this here blog. I failed in my mission (at least until SLC, huzzah), but this cover did grab my attention.
Not only did I find the cover appealing, but I flipped the book over and was also intrigued by the descriptive blurb. A mystery of some sort, where various characters’ lives are intertwined to a, likely, dramatic end. I’ve decided to ‘give it a go’ because I haven’t read many mystery novels, and I enjoy how random threads are artfully woven into tapestry.
For your reading enjoyment, here is the blurb from the book back:
“In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison.
In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.
Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend — Jackson Brodie — himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.”
In the D Terminal of the Salt Lake City Airport, I found my cover picture for The Queen’s Fool and also happened across this book (this is why I try not to enter bookstores, they are the death of my petty cash):
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
This book was sitting on the opposite shelf as The Other Queen. Since I already decided I was going to be purchasing one new Kindle book I figured, what’s a second?
The book back description again grabbed my attention, especially the parts about the girl with trauma-induced, mutism and her friend who acts as her voice. Read on:
“It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.
Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra or Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered.
Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.”
So. Two more added to my list of books to read. I hope they are as good as they sound. The reviews I’ve read about both seem to think they are both worthy selections.