Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly "Twitterature" post to share what I've been reading.
If the rest of the books I end up reading in 2014 are half as good as these first two, it's going to be a great year!
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (fiction). It's about a hostage-taking that occurs at a party for an important businessman in an unnamed South American country. "Hostage-taking" implies a grim, violent story, but this book is neither. The way the author explores the growing relationships among the captors and captives -- with opera as the central theme -- is funny, sad, and beautiful.
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle (nonfiction). Boyle, a Jesuit priest, has worked for over twenty years with gang members in Los Angeles. In this book he weaves stories of the people he's met with themes of compassion, grace, and kinship, emphasizing how much each individual person matters to God and how knowing one's true worth can lead to remarkable change in a life. Boyle is a gifted writer who made me laugh hysterically one moment and moved me to tears the next. I would count this among the best books I've ever read about the Christian faith -- but anyone with a heart for marginalized people would find it well worth reading.
Next on my to-read list: What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan.
What have you read so far in 2014?