Monday, April 4, 2016
Well, this was a long short month, as we traversed the wilds of California to Iowa last week, and nary a book was read along the way. We did see some fabulous sights, which you'll see in another blog post down the road a bit. So, the list is a bit light but here we go.
This month, I read:
Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jan Karon: Wow - I thought I'd missed a book in the series somewhere in there, because there is so much catching up in this one. Updates on main characters, as well as the sons and daughters, mainly Dooley and Lace. What I love the most about Karon's writing is the subtle, yet direct, descriptions. There's just enough to explain the situation and you don't need to know more, which is great, as you'd feel impolite asking. There's a gentleness there, and in a way, that's the overarching theme of her books: A gentle look at life, hard as it may be, and the way the characters come through their challenges. Anyway, there's a wedding and a surprise ending and a potluck, and you're invited. :)
Breaking Wild, by Diane Les Becquets: This one's for book club this month, and I got finished and said to myself, "that's IT??" It ends rather abruptly, well before you're ready for it, mostly because the culmination of the book takes a bit to get to. However, the sheer grit in this not-true-but-could-be story is something else. Good, simple writing, with a view of the outdoors coming in, and a gentle fire stoking as each page turns. Worth it. Bring provisions.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, by Julie Child et al, and Smitten Kitchen, by Deb Perelman whose blog of the same name is well worth it: Okay, I haven't read them yet, but I got them for my birthday, and cannot wait. The suspense is madness. :) Also received Vol. 2 from my aunt's collection recently, so prepare for butter-laden dishes...
Big Magic. Again. Have you read this yet? Will see if I can avoid mentioning it at all during the April books (but it is fabulous, so...).
The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks: Just started this, really, but seems good - all the delights of the Tolkien-like worlds in a thick paperback. The grade school library beckons!