See this bag right here? It cracks me right up.
I want this bag. In fact, I may plunge right on in to the dramatic and state
I NEED this bag.
My family knows that where ever I went, a book is surely tucked neatly inside my bag/purse. After moving my book collection 4 times in 2 years, my husband got smart and bought me a Kindle. (the great moral wrestle I had with myself to get a Kindle is another blog post entirely. I have come to be at peace with the fact that I can love both...)
Anyway, since graduating high school I have read on average 40 books a year. And kept a list of the running titles in a little black book very similar to ones my other friends kept their dates numbers in.
This year, I felt myself slowing. Between going to school part time, work full time, raising the littles, and trying to talk to adults once and awhile, I have not read as much in 2011 as is normal for me...and you know what? I feel ok with that too.
When I saw the Nester open book listings, my heart soared, and knew I needed to throw my hat in the ring because I love recommending books to people, and matching them with titles I feel will suite them. A literary match-maker of sorts. Don't worry. I'm used to being looked at like that.
So while I don't have a mountain of books from 2011 to recommend, what I do, I believe in, and can't WAIT to hear what others recommend as well. (week long cruise coming up in less than 3 weeks? Meet happy reader with no kids to look after, and a pool chair with my name on it to curl up with some fab. new suggestions. Perfect.)
Crosswicks Journals This consists of four books (A circle of quiet, The summer of the great-grandmother, The irrational season, and Two-part invention, the story of a marriage) by Madeleine L'Engle. Every great while a book comes up to hit you exactly when you need it to. A Circle of Quiet did just that. It forced me to quiet. To reflect. To take inventory. To take myself a little more seriously, and a lot less seriously all at once. To anyone wrestling with throwing your words out there, into the great wide world, in written form or otherwise, you should read this. The rest are good too and recommend them all. I now just refer to her as Madeleine, because you know...we're friends.
One Thousand Gifts: a dare to live fully right where you are by Ann Voskamp. I have always been drawn to simplistic beauty. Wildflowers will always move me in a way that roses can't. Give me the lake to the ocean, a cottage in the woods to a highrise any day. This book appealed to me in this way, and kept me by the challenge and wonder of finding beauty all around me. Washing hair, making lunches. It's there. Ann reminds us of that.
Cutting for Stone: a novel by Abraham Verghase. This is just a full out, great, take you there novel. Full of complex and rich characters and exotic lands, it always took me a second to realize when I looked up I was still in fact, in Wisconsin.
A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo Trilogy and The Help all good books too, although, I'm sure you've heard a little something about these before :)
Next on my list...
Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons From My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani. I cannot wait to read this. If you haven't read anything by Adriana, you should. The only author that I buy her book immediately upon release, or preorder. Her books are like mini-vacations with a binding. Stories that refresh and endear you. Others of hers: Lucia, Lucia, The Big Stone Gap series, The Queen of the Big Time to name just a few.
What are your favorites?
Please, please, please let me know of recommendations.
I love to hear of new books for me to discover!
Oh, and Dear Family....
Feel free to gift me the before mentioned bag.