While the arrival of autumn announces the dwindling of local produce and extensive outdoor adventures, it also brings the advent of many things I love and can’t quite find time for in the summer: lazy days with tea, crafting and quilting, and READING. I’m already in the book devouring stage, and The Likeness by Tana French is one of the first casualties.
I added French’s second novel to my library queue after reading a most excellent blog entry/book review/generally awesome contemplation of the universe by The Rejectionist on books that are like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. If you haven’t read TSH, stop reading my ridiculous blog entry right now and go find a copy at your local used bookstore. It’s downright addictive and dare I say perfect for the sort of weather we’re having in the Twin Cities these days.
The Likeness is almost as delectable as TSH, a murder-mystery-college-type morsel that has led to reading at a coffeeshop an hour longer than I planned and being twenty minutes late to work because I so desperately wanted to finish a chapter. The characters aren’t quite the caliber of those in TSH, but I’m only about halfway through so I should probably reserve judgement until resolution.
Whether you are in school or the work world, The Likeness is a delightful break from reality. Plus the author kind of looks like a fierce elf.
Next on the docket? Sheepish by Catherine Friend. (Hit By a Farm was possibly my favorite read during the 2009 summer I spent working on sustainable farms in Western MN) Recently finished? Bossypants by Tina Fey. Hi-freaking-larious.