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Painted Veil, Unaccustomed Earth

Posted April 4th, 2011 by Sonya and filed in Uncategorized

On paper, I’m reading Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri, a moving and poetic collection of beautifully written short stories. They’re transporting me deep into another culture and I’m loving the journey. (Thanks to my friend Amy, for giving it to me for my birthday.)

Painted Veil, Unaccustomed EarthOn audio, I’m listening to Sophie Ward reading The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. It’s wonderful. And so racy for 1925! Living inside Kitty’s head, it becomes all too easy to see how people delude themselves.

On digital, I’m reading…nothing.

What are you reading? Is it any good? Let me know.

19 Responses to “Painted Veil, Unaccustomed Earth”

  1. Ashley says:

    I am reading two books at the moment:
    1. I am reading Yellow Star. It’s a fantastic book written in free verse, about a young girl named Syvia. It takes place in the time of the Holocaust. It is about her as one of the 12 child survivors that were living in a ghetto.
    It is definitely a short read. I finished it in about 2 days.

    2. I am reading a series called “Dead Is…”
    I have moved on to the second book, and it is called “Dead Is A State Of Mind”. It is kind of hard to explain what they book is about, but you will have to check it out. It is by Marlene Perez, I believe.

    This is not what I am reading at the moment, but, about 3-4 months ago, I FINALLY finished the Harry Potter series, and I thought they were absolutely phonomonal! If you read them, what did you think of them? Is there anything that ou would change about what happened, or how the books ended?

  2. Susan says:

    In paper, I’m reading Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter, which is surprisingly astute with the thoughts and facades of 30-something women.

    On audio, I’m listening to Kathy Griffin’s book.

    On digital, I’m about to read Bossypants by Tina Fey. Waiting for my new iPad to arrive before I download it. :o)

    -Susan

  3. Hey Sonya,

    I am currently reading your new book, The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, how bout that!? 🙂

    Although, I am reading it really slow, just for the mere fact I will be so mad when I am done.

    Oh, I love that it’s an adult book!

    Thanks,
    ashley 🙂

    • Sonya says:

      Ashley dear,
      I love that you love that it’s an adult book. But I am curious. Is the fact that it is about a grownup affecting your enjoyment of the experience of reading it? (I’m assuming you are a teen.)
      xx,
      Sonya

  4. mara says:

    im reading “one of thoes hideous books were the mother dies” by sonya sones. its a really good book she did well. i also liked her book “what my mother dosen’t know” they are good to they are both good so i cant pick witch one i like better. sonya sones your great at righting books my best friend really likes them too! maybe if i ever think about coming back on your website you might be able to give me some tips on writing.another book im also reading is “the iron daughter” (iron daughter is all one word) its pretty good to. im not sure who wrote it!!! 🙂

    • Sonya says:

      Hi Mara,
      I’m delighted to hear that you are liking my books! If you want some writing tips, click on the FOR WRITERS tab at the top of this page!
      Happy reading!
      Sonya

  5. sarah says:

    I finished the Twilight saga a while ago, but I think I’m going to read it again. When I first read the last book: Breaking Dawn, I could never keep my hands off that book. If you haven’t read them yet, you really should 😀 It’s not just about a battle between vampire and werwolf- however you spell it- it’s about a young girl finding her true love(:

    • Sonya says:

      Well, gotta be honest, I like “young girl finding true love” stories, more than I like “young girl finding true love with vampire” stories.

      🙂

  6. Miranda says:

    Hi Sonya! I just finished three PHENOMENAL books!!! The first one was Romeo and Juliet which was a little difficult to understand at first, but I got into it with the help of dictionary.com :). Then I read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which I read for the second time and I loved it! Have you read it? It really shows what the world would be like without books. Then, yesterday I finished reading What My Mother Doesn’t Know for the HUNDREDTH time and couldn’t put it down!!! How do you get those ideas? Do they just come to you, or are inspired by certain things? I love writing stories in my journal, but sometimes it’s hard for me to come up with ideas, so I was hoping maybe you could give me some tips. Thanks!!

    • Sonya says:

      Hi Miranda,

      Romeo and Juliet is a real tear jerker!

      I love Ray Bradbury, both as a writer and as a speaker. I saw him talking about his life once, on stage at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and he was so charming and fascinating and funny…

      Thanks for the very kind words about WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN’T KNOW. How do I get my ideas? Usually, the character’s voice comes to me first and then I begin thinking about a difficult situation to plop my poor character into…story ensues when she trie sto get herself out of that difficult situation…

      xx,
      Sonya

  7. Miranda says:

    Hi again! I just left a comment asking for writing tips but then I saw the “for writers” button at the top of the page. Thanks!!!! It was very helpful!!!

  8. Kelly says:

    I was at a swap meet and while browsing through some books I found One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones, the minute I read the back cover I knew I had to read it and I did, in just a few short days! I’m 36 years old, but I just love the way Sonya’s books are written and they way things are said. Kind of reminds me of myself. After reading that I decided to see what other books Sonya had written. I then bought The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus. Loved this book as well. I work in a life skills room at an elementary school with 3 older women in their mid to late 50’s. This book reminded me of them and the conversations we would have about their lives and how they felt. In this book I could remember hav ing a conversation with one or all of them that pertained to something I was reading. Now I am about to venture into the book What my Mother Doesn’t Know. Sonya is a wonderful author.

  9. Sonya says:

    Hey Kelly,

    I’m delighted to hear that you’ve been enjoying my books! I’m wroking on the companion to ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES right now – following Colette’s story.

    So happy to know that THE HUNCHBACK OF NEIMAN MARCUS is speaking to you as well.

    xx,
    Sonya

  10. heitybee says:

    Hi sonya,
    i started reading your books 2 weeks ago when my friend showed me how great your books are so far in looking for a free book of yours because in in middle school so i can’t buy on without money so if you could help me download one i would really thank you but your books are awesome font stop writing stories
    <3 u

  11. Since I am recommending novels in verse, I recommend also that everyone, especially young people, should read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha.

    Perhaps its genre should be classified more as an epic poem than as a novel in verse, but it is as easy and fun to read as a short novel. I would count Longfellow as among the best — artistic and thought-provoking — five poets of the English language.

    The Song of Hiawatha should interest especially American readers, because it describes Native-American culture.

    Read it. You’ll like it.

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