What I’ve been reading

I write these posts about the books I read and I never know what books you like. Do share! Are you a buyer, loaner, recipient, library, kind of person?

Me? library all the way.

omenGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon.

I wasn’t looking forward to this reading this book for book club. I thought it was going to be Monty Python stupid funny. But it was truly hilarious and sacrilegious.

Amazon Prime is releasing the TV show based on this book in 2019. I’ll be watching.

treeA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Wow. I see why this is a classic. This is the first time for me reading this and I just loved it. The story is timeless! Betty Smith was very insightful on her observations of life.

If you haven’t yet, check this book out.
foolNobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

I remember the movie that was based on this book in the 80s or 90s with Paul Newman. It was a good movie.  I probably wouldn’t have picked this book up if it hadn’t been one of my book club books, but I really enjoyed it.

Sully reminded me of men I knew while growing up in small town America. He’s a good man but for circumstances we don’t have the clearest view of — and are a mystery to Sully too — he is having a hard time maturing into a stable life.

Sometimes life has a way of beating us down. Still, we can mean a lot to the people who love us.

Now I need to go to the library to rent the DVD of the old movie.

Hope this weekend if full of great pages for you.

— Namaste

What I’ve been reading

Baby it’s cold outside. What a great time to grab a book and rack up those “books read” for your Goodreads challenge.

Here are three books that I’ve recently read that are notable.

lessLess by Andrew Greer. My book club members brought this book to my attention.

The story involves a writer with a degree of success who is finding it hard to accept that his boyfriend of nine years is marrying someone else. So to deal, he gets out of town in order to miss the nuptials date.

Way out of town. Paris, Berlin, Morocco, Southern India, a desert island, and the Sahara.

The humor is low-key and smart. This was a real pleasure to read — what truly lovely love story isn’t a pleasure to read.

clementineClementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

I enjoyed this biography of a public figure that I may not have been interested in before reading. This was a book I had to read for book club.

I learned about what was going on in the background during WWII England, British government, life as an aristocrat (yea, I want to write Aristocat) Winston Churchill and Clemmie.

I recommend.

greataloneThe Great Alone by Hannah Kristin

I really enjoyed this book. It might be the topic of Alaska homesteading, because I’ve always thought that would be a great way to live.

The young family moves to Alaska in the 1970s to escape demons. The dad, a former Vietnam POW, suffering from PTSD is the driver. His wife and daughter are the helpless riders in Volkswagon bus — literally and figuratively.

Let’s face it, Kristin Hannah knows how to tell a good story.

Enjoy these if you try them; if not, enjoy whatever helps you through.

— Namaste