It's now October and it's very tempting to ditch this update and just pretend that the whole challenge never really happened. Full disclosure: when I created my list I was in a heightened Canada Reads state and had every intention of reading all those titles before the voting began in March. As they say - life got in the way. Before I knew it, Canada Reads was over (at least I read the winner. Yeah The Orenda!) and I was onto other interests and other reads.
Over the past Thanksgiving weekend, I had the opportunity to reflect on Time and the Plans that we make. In a recent awkward exchange I was reminded that our time on earth is finite. It is very likely that not all our goals - reading and otherwise - will come to fruition. But still it is fun to plan and see where the plans take us.
Although I have only crossed one more title off of my list, I like to look at it as I'm 60% through my 2014 Must Read list.
So which title did I manage to read since my July update?
Roberta Rich's The Harem Midwife. A few years back, I had read and totally enjoyed Rich's The Midwife of Venice. I was anxious to continue this tale of Hannah Levi, a Jewish midwife now living in exile with her husband in sixteenth century Constantinople. And, while I did enjoy the plot and the richly described setting of this second installment of the trilogy, I found the ending a hurried and implausible disappointment. Ms. Rich seemed to be in a rush to wrap up the tale and tie up all the loose ends. The Harem Midwife is a quick read, and for lovers of historical fiction I still think it's worth a try. Will I read the final book about Hannah? The jury is still out on that one.