Apparently today, Friday, August 9, is national book lover’s day. I guess that means we are supposed to just sit back and read a book? Today I just finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. I gave it a 3.5 stars on Goodreads. Beautiful writing, but I couldn’t groove to the plot or the characters. It was also a little too much of a downer for me and I am on vacation!
I missed the boat and forgot to bring some books with me to read while we are on the beach (I truly feel unhinged without a stack of books in my backpack). We are now on our first leg of the trip to the beach and we are visiting my parents. I asked my mom if she had any good books for me to read.
“Yes, there’s a great PD James book on my night table.”
Mom is a lover of mysteries. I like them a lot, though they are not my genre of choice– although I remember one summer as an 11-year-old, fighting with my brother over who got to read the thick hardback Sherlock Holmes collection one summer as we did a road trip in Europe. And I like PD James. This one my mom recommended is called Death comes to Pemberley.
Does that ring a bell? Pemberley is the estate owned by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice! Ok, as a lover of all things Austen (although not as much as my friend, MCG, who knows them all backwards and forwards), I am intrigued and am trying it out!
Have I mentioned before that I am mad about books? And I mean, truly, passionately, head-over-heels in love with books. You may notice that I have one little book review (The Count of Monte Cristo) in the “Books I like” tab of this blog– kind of pathetic, but it’s the only one I had time to write. I once harbored a fantasy (one of several, sad to say) that I would one day open a bookstore with a café attached to it. I also dreamed one day I would write book reviews for the New York Times Sunday Book Review section!
In terms of genres that I gravitate to, I’d say: any kind of nonfiction, especially memoirs and really, really good novels.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned my book club. We have been together for over 13 years and this group of 6 other women have come to mean so much to me. I see most of them just once a month and I look forward to our meetings with much anticipation. We share much more than our like or dislike of a particular book. And we do it all without wine (gasp…)!
I’m a little disturbed by all the e-readers out there. Granted, it is a little convenient to put a bunch of books on a kindle or Ipad reader, but there is just nothing the same as holding a real book and thumbing through its pages. My daughter, for example, is a voracious reader (as a child I was not a huge reader– I don’t think it was until I joined Peace Corps that I fell in love with reading), and the kindle really comes in handy for her because she whips through books so quickly. I feel so lucky that both my children love to read and are perfectly happy to sit quietly on a lazy summer afternoon ensconced in a great book.
There are some Ted talks about books, which I have yet to watch, but they look interesting. And I enjoyed this blogger’s list of reasons why she loves books. The only thing I might add is that it is wonderful to read aloud a timeless classic with your child. We are reading “Gone With the Wind” right now. Don’t ask me how long ago we started!!
Here’s a *partial* list of some books that I have loved (it would go on and on, really):
The Grass is Singing- Doris Lessing
Angle of Repose- Wallace Stegner
A Country Year- Sue Hubbell
Beautiful Girl- Rachel Simon
The Birchbark House- Louise Erdrich
The Roundhouse- Louise Erdrich
Paula- Isabel Allende (love her novels too)
Interpreter of Maladies (short stories)- Jhumpa Lahiri
Mama Day- Gloria Naylor
Please post some of your recommendations in the comments section!