We are so lucky to live within driving distance of many beautiful areas of the southwest. These are memories of Silver City, NM, Luna Lake near Alpine, AZ and Hoyer CG, in Greer, AZ.
It is monsoon time in the southwest and that means rain so I got to do a lot of reading in the last week. My favorite was Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. What a wonderful job the author did of relating the life of an English butler in the early 20th Century. It was as if I was seeing the story unfold. (Yes, I know there is a movie which I haven't seen and probably won't.) I also enjoyed The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson-laugh out loud funny if you grew up in the 50s and 60s. I have read several Bryson books and he always provides a good time along with some knowledge.
I started Bel Canto by Ann Patchett for the second time, the first attempt was back when it was originally published. I've gotten halfway through this time and will probably finish but the only people I care about are Gen, the translator and the young priest. For all the praise this book received it's a disappointment after reading Ishiguro.
Readers out there, if you've read these books what are your thoughts?