Thursday, September 2, 2010
I feel like I haven't been reading enough.
Could you say I feel guilty for not making the most of my last week of summer holidays?
Perhaps... just a smidgen. But then again, it's not every day you get stuck in a foreign country because a fugitive is on the run (you can read the story in my An American Fugitive post below).
I really wanted to start reading a book that was frivolous and fun after finishing How Fantasy Becomes Reality a few days ago. I wanted a novel that would let me escape to a place where summer wasn't ending in just under a week. Instead, I looked at the cover of Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.
Yes, I admit, I saw the cover and became pulled into this harrowing tale. The cover of Sarah's Key depicts a rather well-dressed young girl and boy running in a Parisian landscape. The Eiffel Tower and French architecture can be seen in the background. This book doesn't look like it is about the Holocaust.
Reading the first page of Tatiana's work got me hooked. I find that while I can't put it down during the day, I don't want to pick it up at night. I'm a scholar of the Holocaust, so why I can't seem to read Sarah's Key at night doesn't make any sense. I have made it a personal goal to finish the novel before heading to university on Tuesday. Fingers crossed a book review will be up shortly!
With all this said, when I saw that this week's Hop question from Crazy-for-Books was 'do you judge a book by its cover?' I had to laugh.
Yes, I do judge a book by its cover. It's not something I'm proud of... but I do. I learnt my lesson earlier this summer that a bad cover can, in fact, be associated with a bad storyline. My second review at Coffee Tale Reviews for the romantic comedy Hero at Large is ample proof.
Happy reading, blogging, and Labour Day! I hope you all have a great long weekend :)