The other day I was surprised in the mail by package from my sister Christina. sometimes I’m a little leery of Christina’s taste in literature (I didn’t personally enjoy A History of Love), but these books look great. One was a children’s book that she got off Mrs. Cropper’s site all about US presidents. So far I’ve been loving reading it to Samuel. She also sent me a burlap bag for the farmers’ market. The best part about the bag is that it’s a fundraiser for a UN children’s charity, which kind of annoys Doug. It’s always fun to put on an accessory and hear one of Doug’s UN tirades at the same time! I’ve probably been using the bag more than I should, but it’s very amusing for me!!
After receiving this lovely bonus during my first trip to the neighborhood mailbox (don’t even get me started on the USPS down here!), I’ve decided to write about a few of my favorite books.
This year at my old book group we read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I can’t say enough about how much I loved that book. The best sign for me is that I slow down my reading as the book is nearing the finish because I don’t want it to end. After i finished with Crossing to Safety, I went on a Stegner binge. I think I finished almost every piece of fiction that Stegner wrote, with the exception of Big Rock Candy Mountain, which I had to return to the library before we moved. I do have to say though, that I don’t enjoy Stegner’s non-fiction quite as much.
I also just finished These is my Words, which Amy F. does nothing but rave about. I don’t know if ever had an in depth conversation with Amy F. where These is my Words wasn’t mentioned! This one is written in journal form, and it’s addictive.
I will always love anything by Edith Wharton and Maeve Binchy, who are completely un-alike except for the fact that I have to read everything written by them.
Right now I’m reading My Life in france by Julia Child, and it just takes me back to a lot of the experiences that I had when I first lived in France. I love reading books that take places in places where I’ve lived, especially in a historical setting. I love picturing a place I’ve lived as something completely different. For that reason, I really liked reading Barometer Rising, which might be enjoyable for those of you heading off to NS in August.
I love to read. It’s something I have to do every day. I’m interested to know what your favorite books are, and why you choose the books you choose. If I didn’t have kids (and sometimes even now), I could spend whole days doing nothing but reading. Let me know. Now that I have no Book Group I need to have some help creating my back-up list of books to read.