What We’re Reading
I’ve been reading some pretty amazing kids’ books. My writer friend, Annette Whipple, is in the middle of her non-fiction series: The Truth About… Rich with pictures, facts, animal dialog, humor, and extras in the back matter. I love them. Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls, Woof! The Truth About Dogs, and Scurry! The Truth About Spiders are the first 3 of 5 books in the series.
I love history. But I don’t like learning it by memorizing dates. When a story is added with the event, history comes alive. Theresa Hupp is masterful at her craft of historical writing. Her newest book Safe Thus Far does a great job of showing what life was like during the Civil War in the western U.S.
I enjoy reading on cold winter nights. If it’s a scary book, sitting beside the fireplace is comforting. One haunting novel I’ve been recommending recently is The Last Flight, by Julie Clark. Two women, Claire and Eva, are both at dreadful turning points in their lives. One convinces the other they should switch boarding passes and take each other’s flights. Then one of the planes goes down, with no survivors. Claire survives and takes Eva’s identity, only to find murder and mayhem in Eva’s past. Readers discover the backstories of both women, all the time wondering, did Eva board the
Every fall, I love to reread William Shakespeare’s Sonnet LXXIII that begins with “That time of year thou mayst in me behold/when yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, /Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
A Current Read I’ve recently read The Pleasure of His Company by Dutch Sheets and before I finished, I sent a couple of copies to friends. This book can be used as a soul-lifting book and also as a daily devotional. Available on Amazon.
What a fun book! Initially I was bamboozled by the lack of punctuation, especially quotation marks, but once I was engrossed in the story, I forgot all about the quotation marks. This makes me wonder if all authors can avoid punctuation, except for periods. It would be so much easier! But all that “stuff” aside, I highly recommend the amazing story told and concocted by Paulette Jiles. Now, I MUST see the movie starring Tom Hanks.
Some people take a little snooze in front of the TV on Saturday afternoon. Some get drowsy while reading a good book after a busy day. He enjoyed John Adams by David McCullough, but he was tired.