August 15, 2010
This weekend has flashed by in a blink…where are the hours and days going? I am so grateful for the moderate summer we are having so far with warm, but not smoldering days.
I cruised through some interesting books this week. Usually I read about 90% fiction, so it is unusual that of the five books I’ve finished so far in August, three have been non fiction.
Drawn to the Land arrived in my mailbox on Friday and I immediately was compelled to sit down and read it (read my review). This is a very short book (less than 40 pages) and the bulk of those pages are taken up with beautiful art by one of the authors. This almost has the feel of a picture book – but it also has some wonderful, simple text that I truly enjoyed. If you have ever lived on a farm, or wanted to live on a farm, or simply romanticized farm living…I think you’d like this one.
I wrote about the next book I picked up earlier this week because I was so drawn to it and its message was one I needed to hear. I finished Wild Comfort and simply sat for about an hour thinking about it. What an amazing and beautiful book. I don’t even think that my review of it does it justice. Have you ever read a book like this? One that just speaks to your heart? Even if you don’t fancy yourself one who reads essays…I must encourage you to pick up a copy of Moore’s book…it is just that good.
So those were the two non fiction books I read this week – both well worth the read.
I also read a bit of fiction. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is, of course, a classic. If you’ve seen the movie, there really is not a lot in this book which will surprise you as the movie follows the book’s story line very, very closely. But here is where they differ…in the movie, the viewer sees the world mostly through the eyes of R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson)…but in the book, it is Chief Bromden – the silent, huge Native American – who narrates the story. For me, this changed my view of the characters in a remarkable way. Finally, I was able to understand who Bromden really was and what he thought. And because McMurphy is seen through someone else’s eyes, the reader gains a different perspective of this character too. Brilliant. This is a great classic. I read it for a group discussion which is happening this week – and I have a feeling there will be a lot to talk about. Watch for my review in the next couple of days.
My current read is one I’ve been anticipating for awhile. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is supposed to be the thriller of the summer. I just today started the novel…so you’ll have to wait to see what I think a little later this week! I have a feeling this will be a quick read for me.
So besides reading today, I have some housecleaning to do, a little laundry, maybe pinning a quilt…oh, and unfortunately, a stack of paperwork from last week which is begging to be finished.
I hope that whatever YOU are doing today, it involves a great book!