The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry yielded no surprises for me. Before I turned the first page I knew I wouldn’t like it. That’s not to say it’s rotten trash, because it’s not. The writing is topnotch, great dialogue spoken by believable characters, but I never warmed to the story. I wasn’t the ideal reader for the book, and I just couldn’t care one way or the other. In the right hands, this book would be fantastic. Happily, John Steinbeck perked me back up with Of Mice & Men, a book I haven’t read since school. Simply wonderful, as only Steinbeck knows how. Beautiful writing, characters I loved, and a setting I absolutely adore in anything. California. Makes me want to reread The Grapes of Wrath and the rest of his work. Now, I would have finished six books if I hurried my butt with Stephen King’s Revival, but it’s rather long. And that’s fine by me. I’m not a speed-reader, if there is such a thing, and I’m slowly absorbing the book. I don’t need to tell you it’s excellent, it’s Stevie King. He’s unable to write a bad book. I’m over halfway done with it, and so far I’m loving it. Following Jamie Morton’s family in their small town is great, and the sense of a large family is written perfectly. Then there’s the descriptions of music in the 60s, dating on hilltops, and living as a junkie. I love it all. It reminds me of 11.22.63, a book I’m jonesing to read again.
Reading five or so books I month is hard work for me, but something I want to keep doing. My plan is to read fifty books this year, and so far I’m at five. I know that’s nothing compared to others, but we can’t all be fast-readers. My pace is fine, and as long as I’m enjoying it, that’s all that matters. I doubt I’m ready for a read-a-thon or anything like that, but maybe one day I’ll join in on the fun. But, until then, I’ll stick with the slow parade.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Fortunate Son' by Creedance Clearwater Revival
- 'It Came Out of the Sky' by Creedance Clearwater Revival
- 'Travellin' Band' by Creedance Clearwater Revival
- 'Bad Moon Rising' by Creedance Clearwater Revival
- 'Caught Somewhere in Time' by Iron Maiden
- 'The Black Market' by Rise Against
- 'Methadone' by Rise Against
- 'Haunted' by Taylor Swift
- 'Long Live' by Taylor Swift
- 'Never Grow Up' by Taylor Swift