It seems a strange title for a blog post since I read all the time, but I have read some exceedingly wonderful
books in the last month or so that I thought would be good to share.
I would love to hear what you are reading as well.
It appears that I'm reading more and more while turning the television off more and more. Now I only turn it on for about an hour a day to watch the 5:30 news and Jeopardy! The rest of the stuff is just beyond nausea.
Here's the list of books:
Fall of Giants and Winter of the World - Both by Ken Follett. A trilogy. I have not read
the third book as yet, but do want to order it to my Kindle. Follett's novels are a mixture of fiction and hard
and well researched facts. I can hardly ever put down his writings as they are captivating. The first book is about Europe leading into WWI and the second book is about WWII including the US participation. It sounds boring but I can assure you that with his writing you are glued to the pages.
My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg - I admit I'm a sucker for books that talk about traditions and everyday living in different parts of the country. Some of the writers that I have read every one
of their books are Rick Bragg, Leon Hale, Mary Carr, Garrison Keillor and the audio stories of telecasts
by Paul Harvey and Charles Kuralt. I should have been a social anthropologist. Maybe in my next life!
Rick's books make me laugh out loud. He writes for many publications as well, such as Southern Living.
I don't even know how I found him, perhaps an article in Smithsonian or something, but I've been an avid follower ever since. The same with the others listed above.
Mary Carr will be in San Miguel for the Annual Writers Conference in February 2017 and I have already purchased a ticket to hear her speak.
The Prisoner of Heaven - by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Often when I have read an author's first book that is beyond beautiful, I hesitate to read the second as, often, they are not as good. Zafon's first book, The Shadow of the Wind, is without a doubt, one of my all time favorite books. It was given to me
by a dear friend. Stunning would be an understatement. Lyrical with words would be another understatement. Zafon is from Spain where his stories are placed. Exquisite is all I can say.
To Dance with the White Dog - by Terry Kay Never had I heard of this book or this author, but since many of us share the same Kindle account, it was on the list of books. The title was intriguing and the story was thought provoking and so enjoyable. Little did I know that this book was made
into either a movie or TV special with Jessica Tandy and her husband, whose name escapes me. Somehow
I missed it many years ago when that was shown. I'm glad I just chose this book by the title and spent a lovely day reading it.
There you go, books to enjoy. At the present there are over 2000 books on my Kindle that have been downloaded or purchased by others in our group. I think I'm not going to be turning the TV on for a very
long time............or until the election stuff is over at least!