It can be hard to decide what to read sometimes. There must be a novel published every minute. Ok, I made that up. I have no idea how many novels are published per minute, but if you add self-published books to the list, it must be A Lot.
I just finished Bel Canto, by Anne Patchett, or it might be Ann Patchett. I can’t remember and I already returned it to the library and I don’t feel like looking it up. It’s an oddly spellbinding book considering that all the action takes place at the beginning and at the end, and very little happens in between. That’s because the story involves a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country, where the hostages are the elite guests at a fancy party and the terrorists are mostly child or teenaged soldiers. It’s not about the politics but about the relationships that form amongst the hostages and between the hostages and their captors.
The next book on my stack was The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, by Ann Packer. Or it might be Anne Packer. I don’t know, it’s in the other room. I’ve only read the first chapter, but so far so good in the holding-my-attention category.
After The Dive will be another Anne/Ann Patchett book–Run. Since I’m on a roll here I’ve decided to only read books by authors named Anne. Or Ann. I’m flexible like that.
One of my favorite authors, Ann(e) Tyler, has a new book coming out later this year, but in the meantime I will need some more options. I may read a mystery or two by Ann(e) Perry. I used to like Anne (I’m sure about that e) Rice, but since she switched from vampires to Jesus, I’ve lost interest.
And now for a Xanga-style ending: Do you ever limit yourself to books by authors with a certain name? What do you think is best name for an author?