This story begins back about sixty years or so ago when I became interested in reading. Although I do not remember what the exact book was that began my love affair with reading, I do remember a book of Bible stories for children and, of course, the Nancy Drew series. Yes, over the years I read all of them.
It drove my mother to distraction that I would have rather read then be outside playing or going somewhere with friends. Of course, by teenage years that was tempered some, but not completely.
Still an avid reader, to put it mildly, on my latest trip to the beach in December, January and part of February, one of the greatest parts of the trip was having time to read as much as I wanted.
In preparation for the trip, I downloaded about sixty books. No, it was not my plan nor did I accomplish reading that many, but, they were there if and when I wanted them. It was necessary to download them ahead of time because where I was staying, the house has solar power and is not always fully powered.
The Kindle was a GREAT resource, to put it mildly.
Little did I know that about a month into the trip I would become deathly ill and have no energy or ability to walk the beach or much else. But, of course, at times, I could read. It was a godsend.
With a view of the ocean and the wildlife, with a book, was just perfect, except for being ill.
Here is a list of some of the books I read:
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - one of the most intriguing that I read.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Confession, John Grisham - always a quick read
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zeven
At the Water's Edge, Sara Gruen
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate Dicarmillo
Aztec, Colin Falconer - a favorite
Bittersweet, Colleen McCullough - about Australia
Roadwalkers (Voices of the South, Shirley Ann Grau - I learned that people, many children,
during the Depression had no home or place to go so they walked from home
to home or farm hoping for food. Truly an eye opening book
The Towers of Tuscany, Carol M. Crum - a true story
Call of the Kiwi, Sara Lack - about New Zealand and the involvement of their soldiers in WWI.
Madam Tussaud, A novel of the French Revolution, Michelle Moran - Fascinating
Charleston, Margaret Bradham Thornton
A Thousand Days in Venice, Marlena de Blasi
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd - A favorite
For One more Day, Mitch Albom
There were many more as I think the final count was 22~! Every one of these books expanded my horizons. Learning something new every day always captivates me.
It was such a treat, especially since I've been so busy since returning to San Miguel that I have not had a chance to read for six weeks!
My two most favorite books, which I think I've mentioned before were The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
What are some of the books that you have read that I should add to my reading list? Please share!