Finally getting some summer weather so time to haul out those books that you have been meaning to read all year, find a cool spot and a chilly beverage and enjoy.
I just got two that I am really eager to read. The final book written by a very favorite author – Kent Haruf. It is a small book so will have to be read slowly – Our Souls at Night.
A few years ago when The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was introduced, it was my very favorite book of that year – recommended and shared with everyone I met. It was written by Annie Barrows’ aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, and when she couldn’t finish it, Annie Barrows stepped in. Now she has her own book, The Truth According to Us.
So what’s on your list?
I somehow missed the information that Kent Haruf died in November but after he had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, he wrote one last book – finishing it days before his death. It’s called Our Souls at Night and is due out the end of the month.
White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse. This one is going to stay with me for a long time. Set in Botswana in the time of apartheid in South Africa it is both about the horror of what people can do to each other and the humanity and redemption others can provide.
Great article (with lots of title suggestions) on the joy of comics for kids –
including a cartoon featuring one of my favorite cartoons of all time – Calvin and Hobbs
at least I’ve read one of them
But just because you want to be outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a book with you. Books I have read lately and really enjoyed include:
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce – this is the other side of the story of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and I thought it was really well done.
A second reading of Lily King’s Euphoria revealed lots of subtlety I had missed first time. Enjoyed hearing her talk at the Book Festival last week.
And a couple of mystery authors that were new to me that I really enjoyed – different kinds of mysteries.
C. C. Benison has a traditional series (known as the Father Christmas series) featuring a Church of England priest named Tom Christmas. Titles are also a bit misleading following the 12 days of Christmas song. But they aren’t about the Christmas holiday – although if he ever gets to a Partridge in a Pear Tree that one might be. Titles are from the song – Twelve Drummers Drumming, etc (he has three so far in the sequence).
The other mystery author is Harry Dolan – also with three books in his series so far – the first is Bad Things Happen and you should read them in order – extra good news is that they are available in the Library.
SO – ball to you. What are you reading?