Doing any serious reading?

not sure what serious reading might be for you – big books?  lots of reading hours?

I read a review saying that the first book in Jane Smiley’s 100 year trilogy was great for book groups so when I was at the library and saw a new book by her on the new book shelf I immediately picked it up.  Started reading it and discovered that I was in book 2 and the cast of characters is so large that I decided I really needed to start at the beginning so went back and got the first book – Some Luck – and read it before coming back to Early Warning which is the latest out.

I liked them both – Early Warning more because I think I was more familiar with the characters – and this is a book where you need to refer frequently to the genealogy list at the beginning – and because she had hit the era that was more familiar to me.  So my serious reading is nearly 1000 pages of Jane Smiley but enjoyable and recommended.

Now I have to wait until she finishes writing the last one to see where she takes this large family that starts on a farm in Iowa.

What’s on your To-read pile?

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?

Losing a favorite author

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.

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