A few weeks ago, I urgently felt the need for a light, enjoyable, modern book to read in the midst of all the mess.
I asked around for some fun books to read, and was amply rewarded with many suggestions. Off to the library! As much as I like certain aspects of reading on my kindle, I wanted actual books to hold in my actual hands.
I was very sad that the children’s books suggested by my dear friend College English Major were not on the shelf. I could not get a copy of Dick and Jane and Vampires, by Laura Marchesani, or Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, by Tomie de Paola. All was not lost; just reading the brief descriptions of these books on Amazon lifted my spirits:
When innocent Dick and Jane meet a creepy, cape-wearing vampire, the unexpected happens: he becomes their friend!
It's a new school year, as William Everett Crocodile and his trusty friend and toothbrush, Pete, prepare for a class trip down the Nile.
Of the books everyone recommended, only a few were on the shelf in our library. I pulled a few others off the shelf that looked interesting.
The library's terminology for actual books is Physical Checked Out Items. Here's what I got:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Recommended by friends
by Shaffer, Mary Ann.
The Old Curiosity Shop
by Dickens, Charles.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Recommended by friends
by Allen, Sarah Addison.
The Little Book
by Edwards, Selden.
Practical Magic - Recommended by friends
by Hoffman, Alice.
Between You & Me : Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Norris, Mary (Editor).
Younger Daughter has absconded with Practical Magic. I have already finished Guernsey Literary, which I enjoyed. I think I'll go for The Girl Who Chased the Moon next.
On my kindle, I am a third of the way through Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which is for next month’s book club discussion. On the kindle I’ve also got Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. She seems to specialize in delightfully snarky historical narrative.
I have the prospect of being able to read this soon! Across the River, by Melissa Westemeier. I just ordered it from the publisher. The author blogs here.
And finally, I’ve been heavily reading Psalms for spiritual help. - Recommended by God
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 34:18
My husband was bereft of books to read, but he rejected my stack and went to get his own.
So what's in your reading stack right now?