January 3, 2013
3 Books for cold nights
It's colder than heck here, but sunny and clear. The dogs keeping asking to be let out into the sunshine, but soon come knocking at the door when they realize they can't feel their noses.
As for me, I just don't go out unless it's an emergency — say, we're completely devoid of a single crumb to eat or if I've run out of Diet Coke.
However, it is the perfect weather for reading, and I've been doing a fair bit so I thought I'd pass along a few good titles. I loved all three of these (very different) books (click the titles to read the Amazon summaries):
~ The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Enchanting settings, an engaging, mysterious plot, likeable characters. Definitely a cozy read. Plus this author seems really cool. She's a fan of Jane Eyre, Roald Dahl books and claims to have read stacks of Trixie Belden mysteries as a child (oh, how I loved those books), so how could I not like her?!
~ Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Wow, this guys can WRITE. Beautiful character sketches of ordinary people living in New York City in the 1970s. McCann touches on life's tragedies and triumphs, and shows us how our lives overlap and touch the lives of strangers. I plan to read more of this guy's work, for sure.
~ We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg. I've been a fan of Berg for many years. Her books feel like a little "homecoming" to me — easy, thoughtful, kind, warm and honest. I'm never disappointed. And although this wasn't my absolute favorite of hers (I loved Range of Motion, Pull of the Moon, Durable Goods, Joy School, and her book of short stories The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted) I still really enjoyed it.
Before the New Year, I would have crammed these books into my already bulging bookcases (you never know, I may want to read them again), but the new (simplifying) me is going to send them out into the world for others to enjoy. Colum McCann's book was a loan from a friend so that one is not mine to give away, but the other two are, so . . .
I'm announcing a little GIVEAWAY! If you would like to read either The Forgotten Garden or We Are All Welcome Here simply leave me a comment here with your name and which book you'd prefer (yes, you can say either or both). I'll do a random drawing and send the recipients their books sometime next week . . . let's say next Wednesday.
* congrats to Rebecca & Jean. Thanks for playing! *