I love holidays where I can read all day and only feel a little guilty at the sheer cheekiness of it. I just finished reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Yes, I know it has been out for a long time and you should always read the book before the movie comes out, but hey, life has been busy. I loved it - a literary page turner? Sounds like something from the dust jacket, but it was. I found it hard to put it down: the language is beautiful and the imagery of two very different Afghanistans was so real I could smell it. I found myself going back to some of the places I visited in Egypt and got just a hint of what it could have been like. Highly recommended - I don't want to see the movie - I'm afraid it will ruin it for me.
I also managed to squeeze in a few more books: Minette Walters's latest, The Chameleon's Shadow and like any Walter's book it was a good read. Not my favorite of hers by far, but worth a read non-the-less. The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard was a better read - maybe the images of prairies in winter did it for me - missing the plains a bit maybe? A murder mystery which moves back and forth in time and considers the loyalties of small town America in a simple story. Also worth a curl up on the couch. I also took a break from those big books without pictures and read both the 2006 and 2007 editions of the new Best American Comics series. I am a big graphic novel fan, so this was a nice way to get my fix - both volumes are rich and present a range of old and new comic artists. Nice additions to my collection :-)
While I'm at it I thought I would mention a new magazine I just found on the rack. I'm a big science magazine fan and read Science, Nature, New Scientist, Discover and more regularly. Science Illustrated certainly won't rival Science for the latest news in science or the latest academic articles, but it does provide a rich graphical window into some of the latest developments in science. As one would expect the articles are thin on text and big on glossy images, so it should appeal to a wide audience. The January/February issue is the first, so check it out if you can find it.